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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. What is another name for avarice?
(a) Anger.
(b) Laziness.
(c) Greed.
(d) Lust.

2. The example the author uses about purification illustrates an understanding of what concept?
(a) The purging of the spirit by leaving behind sin.
(b) The strengthening of the soul by sin.
(c) The purging of the soul by divine love.
(d) The strengthening of the spirit by God's wrath.

3. St. John says that in periods of affliction during the dark night, the soul may feel as if what will never go away?
(a) Anger.
(b) Pain.
(c) Sin.
(d) God.

4. What does God feed new beginners according to the author?
(a) Spiritual milk.
(b) Nothing.
(c) Water.
(d) Bread.

5. Gluttony is exhibited when believers go to extremes and will not stop what?
(a) Having sexual affairs.
(b) Being angry at others.
(c) Spiritual exercises.
(d) Collecting money.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is not encouraged to grow in a sensual friendship, according to Book I, Chapter IV?

3. What is disturbed by divine purgation, according to Book II, Chapter VIII?

4. What is the title of the poem that is introduced in the prologue?

5. What does the author describe as the reason for the underlying pain of the soul in preparation with a union with God?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does a Christian feel during the three kinds of pain that afflict him when the divine and human meet in one during the dark night, according to the author?

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

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

6. How does a soul feel while experiencing the dark night and what happens during any period of rest in the dark night in Book II, Chapter VII?

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

8. What are some of the benefits described in Book I, Chapter XIII of a soul that has been purified by the dark night?

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

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

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