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

2. In Book I, Chapter VIII, what does the second night purify?
(a) The sensual.
(b) The soul.
(c) Spiritual luxury.
(d) God's love.

3. A peaceful time with God will spark the spirit of what, according to the author?
(a) Love in the soul.
(b) Contempt for sin.
(c) Peace.
(d) God's mercy.

4. According to St. John, one going through the dark night does not experience pleasure in what?
(a) Committing sin.
(b) Anything spiritual.
(c) Anything physical.
(d) Anything spiritual or physical.

5. What does the soul find in the dark night that it must face, according to Book II, Chapter IX?
(a) Misery.
(b) Evil.
(c) Joy.
(d) Guilt.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is another name for avarice?

2. St. John writes that because of the goodness of God's divine wisdom, the soul actually feels as if it is being what?

3. St. John says that it becomes clear which parts are purified and which are still not purified during what time in the dark night?

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

5. In Book II, Chapter VI, how many kinds of pain result from the meeting of the divine and human?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What does the author say is the sign that the dark night has begun?

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

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

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

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

7. What does St. John say causes the sin of wrath and how does a believer allow this to become a sin in his life?

8. Why must the soul face the darkness even though there is only misery there, as described in Book II, Chapter IX?

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

10. 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.

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