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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) The biography of the author.
(c) Other authors' works.
(d) A history of the Bible.

2. What authors quote a state of pain so extreme for the soul it can find no comfort?
(a) Isaiah and Peter.
(b) Mark and Luke.
(c) Job and Jeremias.
(d) Jacob and Daniel.

3. 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.

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

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

6. When a man searches for God in a divine way, the spirit and the soul of that person are transformed into what, according to Book II, Chapter V?
(a) The likeness of God.
(b) An innocent child.
(c) A sinner.
(d) A new person.

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

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

9. 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.

10. To what does St. John compare a new Christian?
(a) A cloud.
(b) A new baby.
(c) A weed.
(d) A dying flower.

11. What does St. John say a man has that will impede the process of unifying with God?
(a) Lack of education.
(b) Debts.
(c) Sin.
(d) Guilt.

12. What does God feed new beginners according to the author?
(a) Bread.
(b) Nothing.
(c) Water.
(d) Spiritual milk.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. How does the soul change during the dark night?

4. What does St. John say happens after a person is involved in spiritual activities for wrath to enter into a beginner's life?

5. The dark night refers to the darkness of what?

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