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

2. When entering into the dark night, what does God cause the soul of the person to simply desire, according to Book I, Chapter IX?
(a) Peace and nature.
(b) The company of a spiritual leader.
(c) Quiet and to be alone.
(d) The love of God and others.

3. In Book I, Chapter V, beginners fall victim to wrath when they lets the sins of other do what?
(a) Enter their lives.
(b) Irritate them.
(c) Influence decisions.
(d) Continue.

4. In Book II, Chapter IV, what is purged on the second night of darkness?
(a) All mortal sins.
(b) Only the sensual part of the soul.
(c) All unclean thoughts.
(d) Both parts of the soul together.

5. St. John says that it becomes clear which parts are purified and which are still not purified during what time in the dark night?
(a) The beginning.
(b) The end.
(c) The darkest point.
(d) Periods of rest.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does St. John compare a new Christian?

2. What is the example the author uses in describing the way the purification process works?

3. In Book I, Chapter VII, what do beginners do when they hear others being praised?

4. Beside the feelings of poverty, what is necessary to completely purge the spirit?

5. According to St. John, what happens when beginners try to build their own spirituality instead of waiting on God?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Book I, Chapter XII, what is the main benefit for the soul as it travels through the night of darkness?

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

10. In Book II, Chapter VIII, why is the inability to pray or the feeling that prayers are not reaching God in the dark night not a problem?

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