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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. Gluttony is exhibited when believers go to extremes and will not stop what?
(a) Spiritual exercises.
(b) Being angry at others.
(c) Collecting money.
(d) Having sexual affairs.

2. In Book I, Chapter II, what sin do beginners exhibit when they choose leaders who agree with their views?
(a) Greed.
(b) Sloth.
(c) Avarice.
(d) Pride.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens when there are periods of rest for the soul during the dark night?

2. St. John writes that a person experiencing the dark night might feel as if who has abandoned him?

3. When does the deadening of a person to the presence of sin get refreshed, according to the author?

4. Why is the soul uncertain of finding its way out in the dark night, according to Book II, Chapter VII?

5. According to St. John, what strong desire does a new Christian experience?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does a soul feel while experiencing the dark night and what happens during any period of rest in the dark night in Book II, Chapter VII?

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

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

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

6. How is this unification achieved with God, according to Book II, Chapter XXIV?

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

8. 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?

9. In Book II, Chapter XII, how does the desire of God influence understanding and love on a believer passing through the dark night?

10. What is the purpose of the <i>Dark Night of the Soul</i> as described in the prologue?

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