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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 I, Chapter XII, the soul develops a fear of what during the dark night?
(a) Other's love.
(b) Temptation.
(c) God's love.
(d) Backsliding.

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

3. According to St. John, what happens when beginners try to build their own spirituality instead of waiting on God?
(a) They begin to influence other into sin.
(b) They begin to feel like they no longer need God.
(c) They become frustrated with the progress.
(d) They succeed.

4. St. John says that almost all beginners will experience what?
(a) Spiritual purgation.
(b) Divine wisdom.
(c) Sensual purgation.
(d) Baptism.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the example the author uses in describing the way the purification process works?

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

3. What is the name of the sin that occurs when a beginner hears another being praised and wants the praise for himself?

4. It is necessary for the spirit and the sensual portion of man to be separated in order for what to happen, according to Book II, Chapter III?

5. In Dark Night of the Soul, with what do slothful Christians have trouble aligning themselves?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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