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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 Dark Night of the Soul, what does the soul wait for in the second night of darkness?
(a) The emergence of sin.
(b) Inner peace.
(c) God's instructions.
(d) God's forgiveness.

2. What does the author say is a problem for the soul, especially in divine activities?
(a) Lack of faith.
(b) The lure of sin.
(c) Distraction.
(d) Keeping secrets from God.

3. As described in Book II, Chapter II, what are deeply rooted in the spirit of a person and must be removed by the purging of the soul?
(a) Spiritual imperfections.
(b) Habitual imperfections.
(c) Mortal sin.
(d) The seven deadly sins.

4. St. John says that the dark night causes the soul to gain a healthy respect for what?
(a) Others.
(b) God.
(c) Itself.
(d) 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 sensual areas.
(c) In his will and soul.
(d) In his passion for sin.

Short Answer Questions

1. St. John says that in periods of affliction during the dark night, the soul may feel as if what will never go away?

2. St. John says that almost all beginners will experience what?

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

4. From what part of the body does the dark night allow man to be free?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. In Book I, Chapter VI, why are new believers especially prone to the sin of gluttony?

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

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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