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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. When does the deadening of a person to the presence of sin get refreshed, according to the author?
(a) The second night of purging.
(b) Whenever in prayer with God.
(c) The first night of purging.
(d) During a weekly fast.

2. What is the example the author uses in describing the way the purification process works?
(a) The chopping down of a tree.
(b) The burning of a log in a fire.
(c) The burning rays of the sun.
(d) The changing seasons.

3. In Book I, Chapter VIII, what does the second night purify?
(a) The soul.
(b) Spiritual luxury.
(c) God's love.
(d) The sensual.

4. In Book I, Chapter X, what can people become if they do not recognize they are going through the dark night?
(a) Angry.
(b) Discouraged.
(c) Depressed.
(d) More sinful.

5. According to St. John, what replaces spiritual anxiety after passing through the dark night?
(a) Peacefulness.
(b) Guilt.
(c) Purposefulness.
(d) Pleasure.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author, why must the soul forget all forms of natural love?

2. In Book I, Chapter III, what is the rosary made of?

3. What symbolism is used to describe how the dark night dries up sensual pleasure?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In Dark Night of the Soul, what is spiritual sloth?

2. What are the three types of pain that result from human and divine meeting in one, as discussed in Book II, Chapter VI?

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

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

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

6. Why must the soul face the darkness even though there is only misery there, as described in Book II, Chapter IX?

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

8. What is the purpose of the Dark Night of the Soul as described in the prologue?

9. In Book II, Chapter VIII, why is the inability to pray or the feeling that prayers are not reaching God in the dark night not a problem?

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

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