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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What two things cannot exist in the same person?
(a) Guilt and pride.
(b) God and the devil.
(c) The divine and the natural.
(d) Desire and goodwill.

2. What does the author describe as the reason for the underlying pain of the soul in preparation with a union with God?
(a) The underlying impurity of the soul.
(b) The balance of the world.
(c) The payment of sin.
(d) God's demands of revenge.

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

4. What does the soul become enkindled with during the dark night, according to Book II, Chapter X?
(a) Revulsion to faith.
(b) The love of God.
(c) The weight of sin.
(d) Repentance of sin.

5. The author states that impure thoughts from spiritual luxury are a result of the pleasure humans find in what?
(a) Dance.
(b) Earthly things.
(c) Lust for others.
(d) Spiritual things.

6. Who is the author of Dark Night of the Soul?
(a) St. John.
(b) St. Patrick.
(c) St. Ignatius.
(d) St. Michael.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. In Book II, Chapter IX, what will a person become as he goes through a harder labor and more severe pain?
(a) Less perfect.
(b) More perfect.
(c) More desirable by God.
(d) More sinful.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to St. John, what kind of day is it when a man searches for God in a divine way instead of a human way?

2. St. Johns states that believers react to God similarly to what?

3. In Book II, Chapter IX, what is required for a man to possess for his soul to be illuminated with divine light?

4. In Book I, Chapter VII, what do beginners do when they hear others being praised?

5. In Dark Night of the Soul, the power of hell would have no power over the soul if there were no what in the human soul?

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