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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 IX, what is required for a man to possess for his soul to be illuminated with divine light?
(a) Wealth.
(b) Holy water.
(c) God's favor.
(d) A speck of spiritual knowledge.

2. Who is the author of <i>Dark Night of the Soul</i>?
(a) St. John.
(b) St. Patrick.
(c) St. Ignatius.
(d) St. Michael.

3. What might descend upon a Christian while he is going through the dark night, as described in the final chapter of Book I?
(a) Fits of insanity.
(b) A perverse or giddy spirit.
(c) A desire for secrets.
(d) A feeling of inner peace.

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

5. In Book I, Chapter VI, what sin are new believers said to be especially prone to because of its sweetness?
(a) Greed.
(b) Gluttony.
(c) Avarice.
(d) Lust.

Short Answer 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?

2. On what does the author expound, in Book I, Chapter XI?

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

4. What happens when there are periods of rest for the soul during the dark night?

5. During the dark night, what does the Christian want to do when the spirit of blasphemy descends, according to Book I, Chapter XIV?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does St. John of the Cross use Mary Magdalene as an example of a soul passing through the second night of darkness?

2. What is the purpose of the <i>Dark Night of the Soul</i> as described in the prologue?

3. Why does the author say that people who have never passed through the dark night understand spiritual freedom?

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

5. Why must the soul become numb to natural desires to receive God's strength and a union with God, according to Book II, Chapter XVI?

6. 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?

7. How does a purifying fire of love affect the souls of humans and angels in relation to a closeness with God as described by the author?

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

9. As discussed in Book II, Chapter XXIV, when will the soul finally find peace and rest? Why?

10. In <i>Dark Night of the Soul</i>, what is spiritual sloth?

(see the answer keys)

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