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

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

3. What does the spirit of a man search for in the darkness?
(a) His soul.
(b) God.
(c) His soulmate.
(d) Forgiveness.

4. In Book I, Chapter VIII, what does the first night purify?
(a) Mortal sin.
(b) The sensual.
(c) Anger.
(d) The soul.

5. What do beginners have to go through to increase their strength and lose their imperfections, according to Book I, Chapter 1?
(a) A dark night.
(b) Death.
(c) A baptism.
(d) A journey through heaven.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Book I, Chapter VII, what do beginners do when they hear others being praised?

2. St. John explains that beginners who have pride become impatient with whom?

3. How does the soul change during the dark night?

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

5. In Book I, Chapter II, what sin do beginners exhibit when they choose leaders who agree with their views?

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

3. Describe how the devil uses spiritual activity to place an impure thought in a believer's head, as described in Dark Night of the Soul.

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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