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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. St. John writes that because of the goodness of God's divine wisdom, the soul actually feels as if it is being what?
(a) Immortalized.
(b) Abolished.
(c) Strengthened.
(d) Punished.

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

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?
(a) Periods of rest.
(b) The beginning.
(c) The darkest point.
(d) The end.

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

6. 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.

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

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

9. During the dark night according to the author, when attachments are stripped away, a Christian might feel as if what is happening?
(a) Being eaten by a huge beast.
(b) Being free and flying.
(c) Being burned alive.
(d) Being very sick.

10. A peaceful time with God will spark the spirit of what, according to the author?
(a) Contempt for sin.
(b) Peace.
(c) God's mercy.
(d) Love in the soul.

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

12. What does God want to do with those who go through the most intense darkness of the dark night?
(a) Sacrifice them.
(b) Bring them closer.
(c) Purge all sin.
(d) Abandon them.

13. What is the theme of Book I, Chapter IV?
(a) Lack of faith.
(b) God's wrath.
(c) Faith and money.
(d) Spiritual luxury.

14. The soul starts to develop a habit of what during the dark night, as stated in Book I, Chapter XIII?
(a) Strong temptation of sin.
(b) Peaceful sleep.
(c) Remembrance of God.
(d) Identifying sin.

15. 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) It does not know goodness.
(c) It wants to remain sinful.
(d) God has given no direction.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. The purging of the soul in the feeling of poverty is compared to what in Book II, Chapter VI?

4. What might descend upon a Christian while he is going through the dark night, as described in the final chapter of Book I?

5. St. John explains that beginners who have pride become impatient with whom?

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