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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 because of the goodness of God's divine wisdom, the soul actually feels as if it is being what?
(a) Strengthened.
(b) Abolished.
(c) Immortalized.
(d) Punished.

2. During the dark night, what does the Christian want to do when the spirit of blasphemy descends, according to Book I, Chapter XIV?
(a) Commit suicide.
(b) Obey all of God's commands.
(c) Speak out loud, blasphemous statements.
(d) Speak out in tongues.

3. From what part of the body does the dark night allow man to be free?
(a) The heart.
(b) The mind.
(c) The eyes.
(d) The lower half.

4. What does the soul become enkindled with during the dark night, according to Book II, Chapter X?
(a) The love of God.
(b) The weight of sin.
(c) Revulsion to faith.
(d) Repentance of sin.

5. What two things cannot exist in the same person?
(a) God and the devil.
(b) The divine and the natural.
(c) Desire and goodwill.
(d) Guilt and pride.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Book I, Chapter V, beginners fall victim to wrath when they lets the sins of other do what?

2. According to St. John, one going through the dark night does not experience pleasure in what?

3. The soul starts to develop a habit of what during the dark night, as stated in Book I, Chapter XIII?

4. In Dark Night of the Soul, the power of hell would have no power over the soul if there were no what in the human soul?

5. The purging of the soul in the feeling of poverty is compared to what in Book II, Chapter VI?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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