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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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 desire for secrets.
(b) A feeling of inner peace.
(c) Fits of insanity.
(d) A perverse or giddy spirit.

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

5. 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) God suddenly abandons them.
(c) God draws closer to them.
(d) They no longer believe in their faith.

6. According to St. John, what happens when beginners try to build their own spirituality instead of waiting on God?
(a) They become frustrated with the progress.
(b) They begin to influence other into sin.
(c) They succeed.
(d) They begin to feel like they no longer need God.

7. The dark night refers to the darkness of what?
(a) Natural senses.
(b) Human sin.
(c) Human guilt.
(d) The end of the world.

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

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

10. What example does the author use to describe divine light?
(a) Firelight.
(b) Moonlight.
(c) Reflections.
(d) Sunlight.

11. 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 love for God.
(c) In his sensual areas.
(d) In his will and soul.

12. St. John says that in periods of affliction during the dark night, the soul may feel as if what will never go away?
(a) Pain.
(b) Sin.
(c) God.
(d) Anger.

13. The purging of the soul in the feeling of poverty is compared to what in Book II, Chapter VI?
(a) Wood in fire.
(b) A rebirth.
(c) The sun and the stars.
(d) Metal in fire.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author say is a problem for the soul, especially in divine activities?

2. According to the author, why must the soul forget all forms of natural love?

3. From what part of the body does the dark night allow man to be free?

4. St. John writes that a person experiencing the dark night might feel as if who has abandoned him?

5. In Book I, Chapter VI, what sin are new believers said to be especially prone to because of its sweetness?

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