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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the author say is a problem for the soul, especially in divine activities?
(a) The lure of sin.
(b) Lack of faith.
(c) Distraction.
(d) Keeping secrets from God.

2. When does the deadening of a person to the presence of sin get refreshed, according to the author?
(a) The first night of purging.
(b) Whenever in prayer with God.
(c) During a weekly fast.
(d) The second night of purging.

3. What happens when there are periods of rest for the soul during the dark night?
(a) The soul heals itself.
(b) The soul is attacked harder than before.
(c) The soul is freed.
(d) The soul rejects God's love.

4. What might descend upon a Christian while he is going through the dark night, as described in the final chapter of Book I?
(a) A feeling of inner peace.
(b) A desire for secrets.
(c) A perverse or giddy spirit.
(d) Fits of insanity.

5. What does St. John say a man has that will impede the process of unifying with God?
(a) Guilt.
(b) Lack of education.
(c) Sin.
(d) Debts.

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

7. It is necessary for the spirit and the sensual portion of man to be separated in order for what to happen, according to Book II, Chapter III?
(a) An entrance into heaven.
(b) The second night of darkness.
(c) God's forgiveness.
(d) Baptism.

8. What does the soul find in the dark night that it must face, according to Book II, Chapter IX?
(a) Guilt.
(b) Misery.
(c) Evil.
(d) Joy.

9. Beside the feelings of poverty, what is necessary to completely purge the spirit?
(a) Wretchedness.
(b) Elation.
(c) Unfaithfulness.
(d) Revulsion.

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

11. How many important points are made in Book II, Chapter X, about the purification process?
(a) Twenty.
(b) Two.
(c) Seven.
(d) Fifteen.

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

13. The example the author uses about purification illustrates an understanding of what concept?
(a) The strengthening of the spirit by God's wrath.
(b) The strengthening of the soul by sin.
(c) The purging of the spirit by leaving behind sin.
(d) The purging of the soul by divine love.

14. In Book I, Chapter VI, what sin are new believers said to be especially prone to because of its sweetness?
(a) Avarice.
(b) Greed.
(c) Lust.
(d) Gluttony.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What example does the author use to describe divine light?

2. Who is the author of Dark Night of the Soul?

3. In Book II, Chapter IX, what will a person become as he goes through a harder labor and more severe pain?

4. St. John says that it becomes clear which parts are purified and which are still not purified during what time in the dark night?

5. According to St. John, what replaces spiritual anxiety after passing through the dark night?

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