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. How is Cur Deus Homo written?

2. He must be born of a woman. Why?

3. Can we truly understand the nature of the Trinity?

4. Why was Cur Deus Homo written?

5. Souls will be awarded according to what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Gaunilo submit?

3. How will souls be rewarded?

4. What is the rational mind?

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

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

7. Why must humans be saved?

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

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

10. What can be known about the Trinity?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

St. Anselm defines God as the being "than which nothing greater can be conceived."

Part 1) How does he support this definition? Could there be other, better, definitions of God? Why or why not?

Part 2) How does this definition support Anselm's other beliefs and claims?

Part 3) What is your own definition of God? How have you come to this definition? What might Anselm think of your definition? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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