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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. When a man searches for God in a divine way, the spirit and the soul of that person are transformed into what, according to Book II, Chapter V?
(a) The likeness of God.
(b) A sinner.
(c) A new person.
(d) An innocent child.

2. In Book I, Chapter X, what can people become if they do not recognize they are going through the dark night?
(a) Angry.
(b) Depressed.
(c) More sinful.
(d) Discouraged.

3. What does St. John say happens after a person is involved in spiritual activities for wrath to enter into a beginner's life?
(a) There is no monetary gain.
(b) The pleasure fades.
(c) There is no further instruction from God.
(d) The person is lazy.

4. The author says the severity of the trials of a person going through the dark night depends on what?
(a) The severity of the person's sin.
(b) The strength of the person's soul and faith.
(c) The wealth the person can offer the church.
(d) The age of the person.

5. What is the example the author uses in describing the way the purification process works?
(a) The changing seasons.
(b) The burning rays of the sun.
(c) The burning of a log in a fire.
(d) The chopping down of a tree.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens when there are periods of rest for the soul during the dark night?

2. Gluttony is exhibited when believers go to extremes and will not stop what?

3. According to St. John, what strong desire does a new Christian experience?

4. According to the author, why must the soul forget all forms of natural love?

5. When entering into the dark night, what does God cause the soul of the person to simply desire, according to Book I, Chapter IX?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does St. John say must change in a person in order for the divine and the human to exist within the same person?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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