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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 does God feed new beginners according to the author?
(a) Spiritual milk.
(b) Water.
(c) Nothing.
(d) Bread.

2. What is the title of the poem that is introduced in the prologue?
(a) "Mount Carmel."
(b) "Song of the Soul."
(c) "The Stanzas of the Soul."
(d) "Song of Songs."

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

4. What does the soul become enkindled with during the dark night, according to Book II, Chapter X?
(a) Repentance of sin.
(b) Revulsion to faith.
(c) The weight of sin.
(d) The love of God.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where do the afflictions of the second night of darkness affect a man, as stated in Book II, Chapter VII?

3. According to St. John, what replaces spiritual anxiety after passing through the dark night?

4. What is the example the author uses in describing the way the purification process works?

5. When entering into the dark night, what does God cause the soul of the person to simply desire, according to Book I, Chapter IX?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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 VI, why are new believers especially prone to the sin of gluttony?

4. How does the author compare the use of fire to the purification process a person experiences during the dark night?

5. 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?

6. What are the symptoms of the sin of pride, according to St. John?

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

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

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

10. 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?

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