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. We must be aware that each human soul is ________________ and so will be either completely happy or completely unhappy.

2. God can be properly called what, in regards to the Trinity?

3. What is the document by Anselm?

4. What compels God to complete His original plan?

5. Why was Cur Deus Homo written?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What can be known about the Trinity?

3. What does Gaunilo submit?

4. Why is the sacrifice of the God-man so important?

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

6. What is the rational mind?

7. How does Gaunilo use the greatest conceivable island?

8. What is the purpose of Cur Deus Homo? How do you know this? Describe this book.

9. For what have Christians been ridiculed? What is Anselm's response to this?

10. How is the Greatest Conceivable Island compared to God?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

God exists necessarily.

Part 1) What does Anselm mean by this? How does this support Anselm's belief in one God?

Part 2) How does this aspect of God make him, in a sense, unapproachable? Is this good or bad? Why?

Part 3) How is God's existence also in need of unity? Why?

Essay Topic 2

The argument in the Monologium is importantly different from the Proslogium.

Part 1) What is the argument in each of these? How are they similar? How are they different?

Part 2) Why are these differences important? What do these differences reveal about God and everything in existence?

Part 3) How is this argument meant to help mankind? How might it help you?

Essay Topic 3

St. Anselm's project of proving God's existence is a case of "faith seeking understanding."

Part 1) What is meant by this? How does St. Anselm go about seeking this understanding? Is he successful? Why or why not?

Part 2) Might these writings effectively convince a non-believer to believe, or are these writings purely for believers? Why?

Part 3) How important is understanding to having faith in something? Explain.

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