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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Book I, Chapter VII, what do beginners do when they hear others being praised?
(a) They praise the others as well.
(b) They get angry at those being praised.
(c) They get angry at God.
(d) They devalue the praise.

2. What is a type of pain felt during the dark night that is really not a problem, according to St. John?
(a) The desire to reject God.
(b) The pain of guilt.
(c) The inability to pray.
(d) The need to sin.

3. St. Johns states that believers react to God similarly to what?
(a) Children.
(b) The sun and the moon.
(c) Changing wind.
(d) Animals.

4. What does St. John say affects Christians in a way that they are easily swayed by their senses and see imaginary visions?
(a) God's punishments.
(b) Earthly pleasures.
(c) Actual imperfections.
(d) Spiritual luxury.

5. What does God want to do with those who go through the most intense darkness of the dark night?
(a) Purge all sin.
(b) Bring them closer.
(c) Sacrifice them.
(d) Abandon them.

6. What authors quote a state of pain so extreme for the soul it can find no comfort?
(a) Mark and Luke.
(b) Job and Jeremias.
(c) Isaiah and Peter.
(d) Jacob and Daniel.

7. What is another name for avarice?
(a) Laziness.
(b) Lust.
(c) Greed.
(d) Anger.

8. During the dark night, what does the Christian want to do when the spirit of blasphemy descends, according to Book I, Chapter XIV?
(a) Commit suicide.
(b) Speak out loud, blasphemous statements.
(c) Speak out in tongues.
(d) Obey all of God's commands.

9. According to St. John, one going through the dark night does not experience pleasure in what?
(a) Anything spiritual or physical.
(b) Anything spiritual.
(c) Anything physical.
(d) Committing sin.

10. Why is the soul uncertain of finding its way out in the dark night, according to Book II, Chapter VII?
(a) God has given no direction.
(b) It remembers its evils.
(c) It does not know goodness.
(d) It wants to remain sinful.

11. According to St. John, what replaces spiritual anxiety after passing through the dark night?
(a) Pleasure.
(b) Peacefulness.
(c) Purposefulness.
(d) Guilt.

12. What is the reason for the disturbances within a man during the dark night, according to Book II, Chapter VIII?
(a) Readiness for a life sacrifice.
(b) Readiness for a union with God.
(c) The payment for sins.
(d) Man's destiny to suffer.

13. What do beginning Christians feel happens when they grow in faith and deal with suffering for God's sake, according to Book I, Chapter IX?
(a) Their sins worsen.
(b) They no longer believe in their faith.
(c) God suddenly abandons them.
(d) God draws closer to them.

14. Where do the afflictions of the second night of darkness affect a man, as stated in Book II, Chapter VII?
(a) In his passion for sin.
(b) In his will and soul.
(c) In his love for God.
(d) In his sensual areas.

15. When a man searches for God in a divine way, the spirit and the soul of that person are transformed into what, according to Book II, Chapter V?
(a) A new person.
(b) A sinner.
(c) The likeness of God.
(d) An innocent child.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to St. John, what happens when beginners try to build their own spirituality instead of waiting on God?

2. When does the deadening of a person to the presence of sin get refreshed, according to the author?

3. When entering into the dark night, what does God cause the soul of the person to simply desire, according to Book I, Chapter IX?

4. What does the soul become enkindled with during the dark night, according to Book II, Chapter X?

5. The soul starts to develop a habit of what during the dark night, as stated in Book I, Chapter XIII?

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