St. Anselm: Basic Writings Test | Final Test - Hard

St. Anselm
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Christ is limited in power and knowledge in His human nature, as we are, but why is He not miserable?

2. About what is Boso worried?

3. Who can be perfectly good and make up an infinite debt?

4. God possesses ____________, and a being can have all of God's properties but this.

5. How is "Cur Deus Homo" translated?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Anselm outline to prepare the reader for Book II?

2. How will souls be rewarded?

3. What is Gaunilo's argument?

4. What does the Appendix of Anselm: Basic Writings contain?

5. What do Chapters 1, 2, and 3 explain?

6. What does Anselm say about Satan and the Fallen Angels?

7. What does Gaunilo submit?

8. On Gaunilo's view, why does the argument fail?

9. Why must humans be saved?

10. Was the God-man born with original sin? How does this affect Him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

God is perfectly just, yet He forgives sinners and has mercy on them.

Part 1) How does Anselm prove that God is perfectly just? Do you agree? Why or why not?

Part 2) Why does Anselm see a contradiction between being just and showing mercy? What does this reveal about him and his culture?

Part 3) How might this contradiction in God compare to gods of other cultures? How does this support Anselm's love of God?

Essay Topic 2

St. Anselm explains the concept of God.

Part 1) What is the concept of God? How does he support this concept?

Part 2) Do you agree with Anselm's concept of God? Why or why not? Does understanding the concept of God force one to believe in Him? Why or why not?

Part 3) What are two other main points that Anselm explains about God? How are they each related to the concept of God?

Essay Topic 3

In Cur Deus Homo, Anselm represents his argument in dialogue form.

Part 1) Describe this dialogue. Why might he choose to use dialogue form? Why has he not used it in his other writings?

Part 2) How effective is this dialogue? Explain. How does it support his other writings?

Part 3) What else, besides the dialogue form, is unique to this writing? Why?

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