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. Chapters three through eight discuss the ___________ of the "infidels" to the theory of the atonement.

2. What is the purpose of Gaunilo's piece?

3. God is greater than what?

4. What must we understand?

5. Why is this island greater than an island with all of the Island's properties save the answer to number 158?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Gaunilo's argument?

2. What is the rational mind?

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

4. How does Gaunilo use the greatest conceivable island?

5. What do Chapters 3 through 8 discuss?

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

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

8. How will souls be rewarded?

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

10. What can be known about the Trinity?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Anselm disputes Gaunilo's island example.

Part 1) What is Gaunilo's island example? Why does Anselm dispute it?

Part 2) Do you agree with Anselm or Gaunilo regarding the "lost island?" Why?

Part 3) What is the connection between Anselm's beliefs about Gaunilo's "lost island" and one's ability to conceive?

Essay Topic 2

The expression of God consists of only one "Word."

Part 1) What does Anselm mean by this? How is this "Word" a thing, according to Anselm? How is the "Word" like "Himself?"

Part 2) How does the "Word" create the world? What is the connection between the "Word" and Jesus Christ?

Part 3) What are your thoughts on this belief regarding the "Word?" Does Anselm well-support this belief? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Anselm explains how Christ was free to sin but was sinless and died and suffered happily.

Part 1) How and why was he free to sin? Why did he not sin? What does this reveal about sin?

Part 2) Are humans able to be sinless and die happily? Why or why not? How different would the world be if this occurred in man today?

Part 3) Is sin a choice? Can sin be avoided? How much control does one have over his or her actions and emotions?

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