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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 age of the person.
(d) The severity of the person's sin.

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

3. What is a type of pain felt during the dark night that is really not a problem, according to St. John?
(a) The desire to reject God.
(b) The inability to pray.
(c) The pain of guilt.
(d) The need to 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) An entrance into heaven.
(b) The second night of darkness.
(c) God's forgiveness.
(d) Baptism.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the author of Dark Night of the Soul?

2. The example the author uses about purification illustrates an understanding of what concept?

3. As described in Book II, Chapter II, what are deeply rooted in the spirit of a person and must be removed by the purging of the soul?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does St. John say must change in a person in order for the divine and the human to exist within the same person?

2. In Book I, Chapter XI, what is the Christian's new desire upon being ignited with the spirit of love?

3. What is the difference between a symptom of the dark night from sin and actually going through the dark night, according to St. John?

4. What does St. John say causes the sin of wrath and how does a believer allow this to become a sin in his life?

5. What are the three types of pain that result from human and divine meeting in one, as discussed in Book II, Chapter VI?

6. How does God determine how severe a person's trial will be through the dark night?

7. In Book I, Chapter VI, why are new believers especially prone to the sin of gluttony?

8. How does the author describe the condition of beginners on their journey of faith?

9. In Book II, Chapter X, how does the divine fire of God teach about the state of souls in purgatory?

10. What does the author say is the sign that the dark night has begun?

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