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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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 desire to reject God.
(c) The inability to pray.
(d) The pain of guilt.

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?
(a) Their sins worsen.
(b) They no longer believe in their faith.
(c) God suddenly abandons them.
(d) God draws closer to them.

9. According to St. John, what happens when beginners try to build their own spirituality instead of waiting on God?
(a) They succeed.
(b) They become frustrated with the progress.
(c) They begin to feel like they no longer need God.
(d) They begin to influence other into sin.

10. The example the author uses about purification illustrates an understanding of what concept?
(a) The strengthening of the soul by sin.
(b) The purging of the soul by divine love.
(c) The purging of the spirit by leaving behind sin.
(d) The strengthening of the spirit by God's wrath.

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

12. On what does the author expound, in Book I, Chapter XI?
(a) The poem from the prologue.
(b) The work of another author.
(c) A Bible verse.
(d) God's message to himself.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Book II, Chapter I, what does the beginning Christian become after passing through the dark night?

2. What is the theme of Book I, Chapter IV?

3. According to St. John, what does the spirit of those who enter the dark night feel?

4. Why is the soul uncertain of finding its way out in the dark night, according to Book II, Chapter VII?

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

(see the answer keys)

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