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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. What is the example the author uses in describing the way the purification process works?
(a) The burning rays of the sun.
(b) The chopping down of a tree.
(c) The changing seasons.
(d) The burning of a log in a fire.

2. 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) God suddenly abandons them.
(c) God draws closer to them.
(d) They no longer believe in their faith.

3. When does the deadening of a person to the presence of sin get refreshed, according to the author?
(a) During a weekly fast.
(b) The first night of purging.
(c) Whenever in prayer with God.
(d) The second night of purging.

4. What does the spirit of a man search for in the darkness?
(a) Forgiveness.
(b) God.
(c) His soulmate.
(d) His soul.

5. St. John says that it becomes clear which parts are purified and which are still not purified during what time in the dark night?
(a) Periods of rest.
(b) The darkest point.
(c) The beginning.
(d) The end.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the name of the sin that occurs when a beginner hears another being praised and wants the praise for himself?

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

4. What is a type of pain felt during the dark night that is really not a problem, according to St. John?

5. What is the title of the poem that is introduced in the prologue?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Dark Night of the Soul, what is the difference between habitual imperfections and actual imperfections?

2. What are some of the benefits described in Book I, Chapter XIII of a soul that has been purified by the dark night?

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

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

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

6. In Dark Night of the Soul, what is spiritual sloth?

7. What is the purpose of the Dark Night of the Soul as described in the prologue?

8. In Book II, Chapter V, what reasons are given for the dark night to be named "dark" and not "light"?

9. Describe how the devil uses spiritual activity to place an impure thought in a believer's head, as described in Dark Night of the Soul.

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

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