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

2. According to St. John, what strong desire does a new Christian experience?
(a) Sensual pleasure.
(b) A need for acceptance.
(c) The desire to be good.
(d) A thirst for God.

3. 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) The company of a spiritual leader.
(b) Peace and nature.
(c) Quiet and to be alone.
(d) The love of God and others.

4. In Book II, Chapter IX, what is required for a man to possess for his soul to be illuminated with divine light?
(a) Holy water.
(b) Wealth.
(c) A speck of spiritual knowledge.
(d) God's favor.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the title of the poem that is introduced in the prologue?

2. What might descend upon a Christian while he is going through the dark night, as described in the final chapter of Book I?

3. According to St. John, one going through the dark night does not experience pleasure in what?

4. According to St. John, what kind of day is it when a man searches for God in a divine way instead of a human way?

5. The purging of the soul in the feeling of poverty is compared to what in Book II, Chapter VI?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

4. What happens during the first night of the dark night, as discussed in Book II, Chapter III?

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

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

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

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

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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