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

2. In Book II, Chapter XXIII, why is the soul traveling in concealment through the dark night?
(a) To protect itself from God's anger.
(b) To deceive peers.
(c) To hide from the devil.
(d) To sneak into heaven.

3. In what kind of way would the soul respond to God's love if the senses were not numbed?
(a) Grateful.
(b) Deceitful.
(c) Impure.
(d) Joyous.

4. What happens when the soul has a more complete purging, according to the author?
(a) The better of a chance to enter heaven.
(b) The closer to God a being will become.
(c) The more likely to sin.
(d) The better of a chance to backslide.

5. What happens at the same time the soul is yearning for God in Book II, Chapter XI?
(a) The comfort of God gives peace.
(b) The forces of evil burn the soul.
(c) The love of friends gives comfort.
(d) The fire of God burns the soul.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does the author use as an example of the yearning for God that takes place in the second night of darkness?

2. According to St. John, how many believers will reach the union with God without going through trials?

3. How many periods of trials must a soul pass through to finish going through the dark night, according to Book II, Chapter XXIV?

4. St. John describes the soul feeling as if it is losing ground when in reality it is just doing what?

5. What does the soul do on the sixth step of the ladder of love, according to Book II, Chapter XX?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Why does the author say that people who have never passed through the dark night understand spiritual freedom?

4. What did God do with Job during the dark night that allowed the devil access to his life, as explained by the author?

5. What does St. John say happens to the soul after it has become enkindled and starts yearning for God? What would happen if the fire were to go away?

6. How does St. John conclude his book in the final chapter?

7. In Book II, Chapter XIX, what happens on the first three steps of love on the secret ladder?

8. How does a purifying fire of love affect the souls of humans and angels in relation to a closeness with God as described by the author?

9. How is this unification achieved with God, according to Book II, Chapter XXIV?

10. How can the soul experience the presence of God while in the dark night, as described by the author in Book II, Chapter XIII?

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