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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Book I, Chapter V, beginners fall victim to wrath when they lets the sins of other do what?
(a) Enter their lives.
(b) Continue.
(c) Irritate them.
(d) Influence decisions.

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

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

4. St. John explains that beginners who have pride become impatient with whom?
(a) Friends.
(b) Neighbors.
(c) God and themselves.
(d) Loved ones.

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

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

7. When entering into the dark night, what does God cause the soul of the person to simply desire, according to Book I, Chapter IX?
(a) Peace and nature.
(b) The company of a spiritual leader.
(c) The love of God and others.
(d) Quiet and to be alone.

8. In Book II, Chapter VI, how many kinds of pain result from the meeting of the divine and human?
(a) One.
(b) Ten.
(c) Three.
(d) Two.

9. According to St. John, what strong desire does a new Christian experience?
(a) Sensual pleasure.
(b) A need for acceptance.
(c) The desire to be good.
(d) A thirst for God.

10. What does the spirit of a man search for in the darkness?
(a) His soul.
(b) God.
(c) His soulmate.
(d) Forgiveness.

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

12. 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.

13. According to St. John, one going through the dark night does not experience pleasure in what?
(a) Committing sin.
(b) Anything physical.
(c) Anything spiritual or physical.
(d) Anything spiritual.

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

15. In Book I, Chapter X, what can people become if they do not recognize they are going through the dark night?
(a) Discouraged.
(b) Angry.
(c) Depressed.
(d) More sinful.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author describe as the reason for the underlying pain of the soul in preparation with a union with God?

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

3. In Book II, Chapter VII, what will souls not believe when experiencing a dark night with so much pain?

4. 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?

5. Beside the feelings of poverty, what is necessary to completely purge the spirit?

(see the answer keys)

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