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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 happens when beginners try to build their own spirituality instead of waiting on God?
(a) They begin to influence other into sin.
(b) They succeed.
(c) They begin to feel like they no longer need God.
(d) They become frustrated with the progress.

2. What does St. John say a man has that will impede the process of unifying with God?
(a) Guilt.
(b) Sin.
(c) Debts.
(d) Lack of education.

3. In Book I, Chapter VIII, what does the first night purify?
(a) The sensual.
(b) The soul.
(c) Anger.
(d) Mortal sin.

4. St. John explains that beginners who have pride become impatient with whom?
(a) God and themselves.
(b) Neighbors.
(c) Friends.
(d) Loved ones.

5. In Book I, Chapter XII, the soul develops a fear of what during the dark night?
(a) Other's love.
(b) Backsliding.
(c) Temptation.
(d) God's love.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the reason for the disturbances within a man during the dark night, according to Book II, Chapter VIII?

2. St. Johns states that believers react to God similarly to what?

3. How does the soul change during the dark night?

4. In Book I, Chapter VII, what do beginners do when they hear others being praised?

5. Beginners suffering from gluttony will find it hard to travel the "Road of" what, according to St. John?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Book II, Chapter XXI, what are the colors of the disguise of the soul on the secret ladder, and what do they represent?

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

4. How does St. John conclude his book in the final chapter?

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

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

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

8. Why is the experience of the dark night and the spiritual ladder called "secret," as explained by the author?

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

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

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