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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 soul starts to develop a habit of what during the dark night, as stated in Book I, Chapter XIII?
(a) Remembrance of God.
(b) Strong temptation of sin.
(c) Identifying sin.
(d) Peaceful sleep.

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

3. 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) The end.
(b) The beginning.
(c) The darkest point.
(d) Periods of rest.

4. According to St. John, what kind of day is it when a man searches for God in a divine way instead of a human way?
(a) Happy.
(b) Peaceful.
(c) Sad.
(d) Sinful.

5. What do beginners have to go through to increase their strength and lose their imperfections, according to Book I, Chapter 1?
(a) A dark night.
(b) A baptism.
(c) A journey through heaven.
(d) Death.

Short Answer Questions

1. What example does the author use to describe divine light?

2. On what does the author expound, in Book I, Chapter XI?

3. What is the topic of the prologue?

4. St. John explains that beginners who have pride become impatient with whom?

5. That author writes that during the dark night while purging the soul, a Christian might feel so much pain that is seems as he is where?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. How does a Christian feel during the three kinds of pain that afflict him when the divine and human meet in one during the dark night, according to the author?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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