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

2. In Book II, Chapter I, what does the beginning Christian become after passing through the dark night?
(a) A baptized person.
(b) A sinless and perfect soul.
(c) A priest.
(d) A proficient Christian.

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

4. What happens when there are periods of rest for the soul during the dark night?
(a) The soul is freed.
(b) The soul rejects God's love.
(c) The soul heals itself.
(d) The soul is attacked harder than before.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does St. John say a man has that will impede the process of unifying with God?

3. St. John says that the dark night causes the soul to gain a healthy respect for what?

4. The seven deadly sins are recognized by what Christian community?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In Book I, Chapter III, what are the symptoms of the sin of avarice?

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

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

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

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. What are the symptoms of the sin of pride, according to St. John?

7. As described in Book II, Chapter, I, can a person who has passed through the night of darkness still be afflicted with other periods of darkness? Why?

8. Why does the author quote the sufferings of Job and Jeremias in Book II, Chapter VII?

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

10. How must a believer react when first realizing he has entered the dark night, according to Book I, Chapter X?

(see the answer keys)

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