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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. St. John writes that a person experiencing the dark night might feel as if who has abandoned him?
(a) His family.
(b) His friends.
(c) His children.
(d) Neighbors.

2. The author states that impure thoughts from spiritual luxury are a result of the pleasure humans find in what?
(a) Dance.
(b) Lust for others.
(c) Spiritual things.
(d) Earthly things.

3. Why is the soul uncertain of finding its way out in the dark night, according to Book II, Chapter VII?
(a) It remembers its evils.
(b) It does not know goodness.
(c) God has given no direction.
(d) It wants to remain sinful.

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

5. On what does the author expound, in Book I, Chapter XI?
(a) The poem from the prologue.
(b) A Bible verse.
(c) God's message to himself.
(d) The work of another author.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Dark Night of the Soul during the dark night, the soul learns that by itself it is what?

2. What does St. John say a man has that will impede the process of unifying with God?

3. In Book II, Chapter I, what does the beginning Christian become after passing through the dark night?

4. What does the soul find in the dark night that it must face, according to Book II, Chapter IX?

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

3. What is the difference between a symptom of the dark night from sin and actually going through the dark night, according to St. John?

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 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?

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

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

9. 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?

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

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