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

2. The soul must endure periods of trial, testing, and what else to reach its final state of union with God as described by St. John?
(a) Condemnation.
(b) Damnation.
(c) Fasting.
(d) Purification.

3. How many steps are on the ladder of love?
(a) Infinite.
(b) Twenty.
(c) Ten.
(d) A hundred.

4. Once a soul has received the love from God after the dark night, it will only want to do what, as described by St. John?
(a) Work for and love God.
(b) Commit sins.
(c) Pray for forgiveness.
(d) Pray for other's forgiveness.

5. What happens on the first step of the ladder, according to Book II, Chapter XIX?
(a) God punishes the soul.
(b) The spirit battles the soul.
(c) Sin takes over the soul.
(d) The soul swoons for God.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the term given to a spiritual experience beyond words?

2. What does the author say the soul experiences, even during the dark night?

3. According to St. John, on what step does the soul seek to do something worthy of God without any favor from God?

4. Without passing through the dark night, the author says that people are still what of their natural desires and wants?

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. Why must the soul become numb to natural desires to receive God's strength and a union with God, according to Book II, Chapter XVI?

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

3. From where does St. John say the image of the spiritual ladder is derived?

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

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. Why is the experience of the dark night and the spiritual ladder called "secret," as explained by the author?

7. How can a soul reach the sixth step on the secret ladder, as written in Book II, Chapter XX? What do men receive while on this step?

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

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

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

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