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

2. To what does St. John compare a new Christian?
(a) A new baby.
(b) A weed.
(c) A dying flower.
(d) A cloud.

3. What do beginning Christians feel happens when they grow in faith and deal with suffering for God's sake, according to Book I, Chapter IX?
(a) Their sins worsen.
(b) God draws closer to them.
(c) They no longer believe in their faith.
(d) God suddenly abandons them.

4. What does God want to do with those who go through the most intense darkness of the dark night?
(a) Bring them closer.
(b) Abandon them.
(c) Sacrifice them.
(d) Purge all sin.

5. Where do the afflictions of the second night of darkness affect a man, as stated in Book II, Chapter VII?
(a) In his love for God.
(b) In his passion for sin.
(c) In his will and soul.
(d) In his sensual areas.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Book I, Chapter II, what sin do beginners exhibit when they choose leaders who agree with their views?

2. In Book I, Chapter X, what can people become if they do not recognize they are going through the dark night?

3. St. John writes that because of the goodness of God's divine wisdom, the soul actually feels as if it is being what?

4. The seven deadly sins are recognized by what Christian community?

5. What is the topic of the prologue?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the author compare the use of fire to the purification process a person experiences during the dark night?

3. In Book II, Chapter X, how does the divine fire of God teach about the state of souls in purgatory?

4. 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?

5. In Dark Night of the Soul, what is spiritual sloth?

6. Describe how the devil uses spiritual activity to place an impure thought in a believer's head, as described in Dark Night of the Soul.

7. 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?

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

9. How does St. John say a person changes when his spirit becomes united with God and how does his understanding of love change?

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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