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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. The author says the severity of the trials of a person going through the dark night depends on what?
(a) The strength of the person's soul and faith.
(b) The wealth the person can offer the church.
(c) The severity of the person's sin.
(d) The age of the person.

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

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

5. According to the author, why must the soul forget all forms of natural love?
(a) To be reminded of sin.
(b) To become more like God.
(c) To appreciate divine love.
(d) To reflect the state of a baby.

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

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

8. St. John says that the dark night causes the soul to gain a healthy respect for what?
(a) Sin.
(b) Others.
(c) God.
(d) Itself.

9. 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?
(a) Sinful.
(b) Peaceful.
(c) Sad.
(d) Happy.

10. What is disturbed by divine purgation, according to Book II, Chapter VIII?
(a) The sleep cycle.
(b) Guilt.
(c) The power of sin.
(d) Memory.

11. Why is the soul uncertain of finding its way out in the dark night, according to Book II, Chapter VII?
(a) It does not know goodness.
(b) God has given no direction.
(c) It wants to remain sinful.
(d) It remembers its evils.

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

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

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

15. In Book II, Chapter IV, what is purged on the second night of darkness?
(a) Only the sensual part of the soul.
(b) All unclean thoughts.
(c) Both parts of the soul together.
(d) All mortal sins.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. St. John writes that because of the goodness of God's divine wisdom, the soul actually feels as if it is being what?

3. What does the soul find in the dark night that it must face, according to Book II, Chapter IX?

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. To what does St. John compare a new Christian?

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