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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) Avarice.
(b) Lust.
(c) Greed.
(d) Gluttony.

2. Who is the author of Dark Night of the Soul?
(a) St. Patrick.
(b) St. Michael.
(c) St. John.
(d) St. Ignatius.

3. What is disturbed by divine purgation, according to Book II, Chapter VIII?
(a) The sleep cycle.
(b) Memory.
(c) Guilt.
(d) The power of sin.

4. What two things cannot exist in the same person?
(a) Desire and goodwill.
(b) The divine and the natural.
(c) Guilt and pride.
(d) God and the devil.

5. It is necessary for the spirit and the sensual portion of man to be separated in order for what to happen, according to Book II, Chapter III?
(a) God's forgiveness.
(b) The second night of darkness.
(c) An entrance into heaven.
(d) Baptism.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a type of pain felt during the dark night that is really not a problem, according to St. John?

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

3. What is the topic of the prologue?

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

5. What does the spirit of a man search for in the darkness?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. In Book II, Chapter V, what reasons are given for the dark night to be named "dark" and not "light"?

4. 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?

5. What are some of the benefits described in Book I, Chapter XIII of a soul that has been purified by the dark night?

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

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