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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) A thirst for God.
(b) Sensual pleasure.
(c) The desire to be good.
(d) A need for acceptance.

2. In Book II, Chapter VII, what will souls not believe when experiencing a dark night with so much pain?
(a) The duty of man.
(b) The balance of nature.
(c) The guilt of sin.
(d) God loves them.

3. From what part of the body does the dark night allow man to be free?
(a) The lower half.
(b) The heart.
(c) The mind.
(d) The eyes.

4. St. Johns states that believers react to God similarly to what?
(a) Changing wind.
(b) The sun and the moon.
(c) Children.
(d) Animals.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Book I, Chapter VIII, what does the second night purify?

2. St. John says that almost all beginners will experience what?

3. What two things cannot exist in the same person?

4. In Book I, Chapter VIII, what does the first night purify?

5. What does the author say is a problem for the soul, especially in divine activities?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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 Book I, Chapter XII, what is the main benefit for the soul as it travels through the night of darkness?

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

8. How does St. John say a person changes when his spirit becomes united with God and how does his understanding of love change?

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

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

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