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

2. In Book II, Chapter VII, what will souls not believe when experiencing a dark night with so much pain?
(a) God loves them.
(b) The guilt of sin.
(c) The duty of man.
(d) The balance of nature.

3. In Dark Night of the Soul during the dark night, the soul learns that by itself it is what?
(a) Strong.
(b) Worthless to the devil.
(c) Sinful and guilty.
(d) Weak and miserable.

4. What is the name of the sin that occurs when a beginner hears another being praised and wants the praise for himself?
(a) Impure heart.
(b) Greed.
(c) Spiritual envy.
(d) Spiritual luxury.

5. What example does the author use to describe divine light?
(a) Reflections.
(b) Firelight.
(c) Moonlight.
(d) Sunlight.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the soul become enkindled with during the dark night, according to Book II, Chapter X?

2. When does the deadening of a person to the presence of sin get refreshed, according to the author?

3. The dark night refers to the darkness of what?

4. The example the author uses about purification illustrates an understanding of what concept?

5. What is another name for avarice?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. How does the author describe the condition of beginners on their journey of faith?

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

5. Why does the author quote the sufferings of Job and Jeremias in Book II, Chapter VII?

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

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

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

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

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

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