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

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

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

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

5. The rational mind is the closest method of approaching who or what?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what should we believe?

2. What do Chapters 3 through 8 discuss?

3. What happens when the soul loves God? What happens when a soul hates God?

4. What is Gaunilo's argument?

5. What is the rational mind?

6. What does Gaunilo submit?

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

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

9. What do Chapters 6 and 7 argue?

10. Why must humans be saved?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

St. Anselm believes only a fool would not believe in God.

Part 1) Why does he believe this? Does he support this belief with valid responses and hard evidence? Explain.

Part 2) Do you agree with Anselm? Why or why not? What does this belief reveal about Anselm?

Part 3) How might Anselm's upbringing and culture influence this belief?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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