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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. Why does the soul become secure after passing through the dark night, according to St. John?
(a) It has forgiven God's mistakes.
(b) It has become strong in sin.
(c) It has become like God.
(d) It has found itself.

2. What does the garment of charity provide for the wearer, as described by the author?
(a) A pleasing soul for God.
(b) Obedience to God.
(c) Protection from sin.
(d) Release from guilt.

3. What is the first property gained by the soul after passing through the dark night?
(a) Sin starts to have no consequences.
(b) God begins to love the soul of the person.
(c) Senses do not hinder the spirit.
(d) The soul no longer feels any need for God.

4. What happened to Jeremias and Moses after being infused with the wisdom of God?
(a) They spoke in another language.
(b) They became wealthy.
(c) There were unable to speak.
(d) They were knocked unconscious.

5. The author writes that the yearning for God will leave the soul in what state?
(a) Comfortable.
(b) Restless.
(c) Innocent.
(d) Guilty.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to human senses, according to the author, when a human is in the darkness?

2. What stanza from "Stanzas of the Soul" is featured in Book II, Chapter XXV?

3. From what does the garment of hope protect the soul, according to Book II, Chapter XXI?

4. According to St. John, people who have never experienced a dark night do not understand what this feels like?

5. In Book II, Chapter XI, when will the soul seek God?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Book II, Chapter XVI, why does the author say that it is necessary for man to learn to walk in the darkness?

2. How can a soul reach the final step on the secret ladder? What happens on this step?

3. In Book II, Chapter XI, what does the author say the soul will want to do after it has received the love for God?

4. What does St. John say happens on the fourth step of love of the secret ladder? Why does the soul not want favor from God?

5. In Book II, Chapter XVIII, how does the soul move upon the spiritual ladder?

6. In Book II, Chapter XII, how does the desire of God influence understanding and love on a believer passing through the dark night?

7. How does St. John of the Cross use Mary Magdalene as an example of a soul passing through the second night of darkness?

8. How does the soul speak of being happy by using the symbolism of a house in Book II, Chapter XIV?

9. How does St. John describe the trail that God walks as He leads the soul on its journey through the darkness?

10. What does St. John explain about his poem, "Stanza of the Soul," in Book II, Chapter XXII?

(see the answer keys)

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