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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. In Book I, Chapter VI, what sin are new believers said to be especially prone to because of its sweetness?
(a) Lust.
(b) Greed.
(c) Avarice.
(d) Gluttony.

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

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

4. During the dark night according to the author, when attachments are stripped away, a Christian might feel as if what is happening?
(a) Being eaten by a huge beast.
(b) Being very sick.
(c) Being free and flying.
(d) Being burned alive.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does the author say is a problem for the soul, especially in divine activities?

3. The soul starts to develop a habit of what during the dark night, as stated in Book I, Chapter XIII?

4. In Book II, Chapter IX, what is required for a man to possess for his soul to be illuminated with divine light?

5. In Book II, Chapter IX, what will a person become as he goes through a harder labor and more severe pain?

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

3. How does the author compare divine light to sunlight?

4. 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?

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

6. 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.

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

8. In Dark Night of the Soul, what is the difference between habitual imperfections and actual imperfections?

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

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

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