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

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

3. In Book I, Chapter XII, the soul develops a fear of what during the dark night?
(a) God's love.
(b) Temptation.
(c) Backsliding.
(d) Other's love.

4. According to St. John, what strong desire does a new Christian experience?
(a) The desire to be good.
(b) A need for acceptance.
(c) A thirst for God.
(d) Sensual pleasure.

5. What is a type of pain felt during the dark night that is really not a problem, according to St. John?
(a) The pain of guilt.
(b) The inability to pray.
(c) The desire to reject God.
(d) The need to sin.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does St. John say affects Christians in a way that they are easily swayed by their senses and see imaginary visions?

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

3. What is the theme of Book I, Chapter IV?

4. What does St. John say happens after a person is involved in spiritual activities for wrath to enter into a beginner's life?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does the author say is the sign that the dark night has begun?

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

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

7. In Book I, Chapter III, what are the symptoms of the sin of avarice?

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

9. What are the symptoms of the sin of pride, according to St. John?

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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