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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

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

3. Gluttony is exhibited when believers go to extremes and will not stop what?
(a) Being angry at others.
(b) Spiritual exercises.
(c) Having sexual affairs.
(d) Collecting money.

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

5. 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 rejects God's love.
(d) The soul is freed.

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

7. In Book II, Chapter VII, what will souls not believe when experiencing a dark night with so much pain?
(a) The guilt of sin.
(b) The balance of nature.
(c) God loves them.
(d) The duty of man.

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

9. What is the topic of the prologue?
(a) The purpose of the book.
(b) Other authors' works.
(c) A history of the Bible.
(d) The biography of the author.

10. How does the soul change during the dark night?
(a) It experiences a holy event.
(b) It becomes ready for heaven.
(c) It becomes "soft."
(d) It "grows up."

11. In Book I, Chapter II, what sin do beginners exhibit when they choose leaders who agree with their views?
(a) Pride.
(b) Avarice.
(c) Sloth.
(d) Greed.

12. What symbolism is used to describe how the dark night dries up sensual pleasure?
(a) Paint.
(b) A cistern of water.
(c) Plant roots.
(d) Breast milk.

13. 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) Baptism.
(b) The second night of darkness.
(c) God's forgiveness.
(d) An entrance into heaven.

14. 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) Fits of insanity.
(c) A perverse or giddy spirit.
(d) A desire for secrets.

15. In Book II, Chapter I, what does the beginning Christian become after passing through the dark night?
(a) A baptized person.
(b) A proficient Christian.
(c) A sinless and perfect soul.
(d) A priest.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What is another name for avarice?

4. St. John says that in periods of affliction during the dark night, the soul may feel as if what will never go away?

5. St. John says that the dark night causes the soul to gain a healthy respect for what?

(see the answer keys)

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