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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. When a man searches for God in a divine way, the spirit and the soul of that person are transformed into what, according to Book II, Chapter V?
(a) A new person.
(b) A sinner.
(c) An innocent child.
(d) The likeness of God.

2. When entering into the dark night, what does God cause the soul of the person to simply desire, according to Book I, Chapter IX?
(a) Quiet and to be alone.
(b) The love of God and others.
(c) The company of a spiritual leader.
(d) Peace and nature.

3. To what does St. John compare a new Christian?
(a) A dying flower.
(b) A weed.
(c) A cloud.
(d) A new baby.

4. What symbolism is used to describe how the dark night dries up sensual pleasure?
(a) A cistern of water.
(b) Breast milk.
(c) Paint.
(d) Plant roots.

5. What is the topic of the prologue?
(a) The biography of the author.
(b) A history of the Bible.
(c) Other authors' works.
(d) The purpose of the book.

Short Answer Questions

1. The soul starts to develop a habit of what during the dark night, as stated in Book I, Chapter XIII?

2. The author says the severity of the trials of a person going through the dark night depends on what?

3. In Book II, Chapter IV, what is purged on the second night of darkness?

4. In Book II, Chapter IX, what is required for a man to possess for his soul to be illuminated with divine light?

5. According to St. John, what happens when beginners try to build their own spirituality instead of waiting on God?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Book II, Chapter VIII, why is the inability to pray or the feeling that prayers are not reaching God in the dark night not a problem?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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