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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 is the theme of Book I, Chapter IV?
(a) Faith and money.
(b) Lack of faith.
(c) Spiritual luxury.
(d) God's wrath.

2. In Book I, Chapter III, what is the rosary made of?
(a) Animal teeth.
(b) Spines of a fish.
(c) Ivory.
(d) Gold.

3. Who is the author of <i>Dark Night of the Soul</i>?
(a) St. John.
(b) St. Ignatius.
(c) St. Patrick.
(d) St. Michael.

4. In <i>Dark Night of the Soul</i>, with what do slothful Christians have trouble aligning themselves?
(a) God's will.
(b) Hard work.
(c) A pure heart.
(d) Sin.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The author says the severity of the trials of a person going through the dark night depends on what?

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

4. What is the name of the sin that occurs when a beginner hears another being praised and wants the praise for himself?

5. From what part of the body does the dark night allow man to be free?

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. Why is the experience of the dark night and the spiritual ladder called "secret," as explained by the author?

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

4. In Book II, Chapter XXIII, what does the devil know about what is happening to a soul during the dark night and what does the devil do about it?

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

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

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

8. How does St. John describe the trail that God walks as He leads the soul on its journey through the darkness?

9. Why does the author say that people who have never passed through the dark night understand spiritual freedom?

10. 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?

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