Dark Night of the Soul Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. St. John says that almost all beginners will experience what?
(a) Spiritual purgation.
(b) Divine wisdom.
(c) Sensual purgation.
(d) Baptism.

2. What is not encouraged to grow in a sensual friendship, according to Book I, Chapter IV?
(a) Love for others.
(b) True relationships.
(c) The love of God.
(d) Understanding for the other person.

3. In Dark Night of the Soul during the dark night, the soul learns that by itself it is what?
(a) Sinful and guilty.
(b) Weak and miserable.
(c) Worthless to the devil.
(d) Strong.

4. To what does St. John compare a new Christian?
(a) A weed.
(b) A dying flower.
(c) A new baby.
(d) A cloud.

5. In Book I, Chapter VIII, what does the first night purify?
(a) Mortal sin.
(b) The sensual.
(c) The soul.
(d) Anger.

6. What is the example the author uses in describing the way the purification process works?
(a) The burning rays of the sun.
(b) The chopping down of a tree.
(c) The burning of a log in a fire.
(d) The changing seasons.

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

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

9. In Dark Night of the Soul, with what do slothful Christians have trouble aligning themselves?
(a) Hard work.
(b) A pure heart.
(c) God's will.
(d) Sin.

10. In Book I, Chapter VIII, what does the second night purify?
(a) The soul.
(b) The sensual.
(c) Spiritual luxury.
(d) God's love.

11. Beginners suffering from gluttony will find it hard to travel the "Road of" what, according to St. John?
(a) Christianity.
(b) Sin.
(c) The Devil.
(d) Purity.

12. In Dark Night of the Soul, what does the soul wait for in the second night of darkness?
(a) God's instructions.
(b) The emergence of sin.
(c) Inner peace.
(d) God's forgiveness.

13. The author says the severity of the trials of a person going through the dark night depends on what?
(a) The wealth the person can offer the church.
(b) The severity of the person's sin.
(c) The strength of the person's soul and faith.
(d) The age of the person.

14. According to the author, why must the soul forget all forms of natural love?
(a) To be reminded of sin.
(b) To appreciate divine love.
(c) To reflect the state of a baby.
(d) To become more like God.

15. In Book I, Chapter XII, the soul develops a fear of what during the dark night?
(a) Backsliding.
(b) Temptation.
(c) Other's love.
(d) God's love.

Short Answer Questions

1. A peaceful time with God will spark the spirit of what, according to the author?

2. The dark night refers to the darkness of what?

3. What does the spirit of a man search for in the darkness?

4. According to St. John, one going through the dark night does not experience pleasure in what?

5. How does the soul change during the dark night?

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