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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. According to St. John, on what step does the soul seek to do something worthy of God without any favor from God?
(a) Fifth.
(b) First.
(c) Tenth.
(d) Fourth.

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

3. In what form is the image of the spiritual ladder first found in the Bible?
(a) A nightmare.
(b) A joke.
(c) A dream.
(d) A lie.

4. Why, according to St. John, does God give the devil access to the life of a believing Christian?
(a) God has no control over the devil.
(b) God is uncaring.
(c) To go to war with evil.
(d) To give an equal chance at allegiance.

5. When is the only time a soul can ascend to the sixth step?
(a) By God's invitation.
(b) Before becoming baptized.
(c) After death.
(d) After fasting.

Short Answer Questions

1. The author writes that the yearning for God will leave the soul in what state?

2. St. John's use of writing about a spiritual ladder as a path to unification with God is an example of what?

3. What is the purpose for writing Dark Night of the Soul that St. John describes?

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

5. In Book II, Chapter XII, what does the spirit of wisdom and love also affects?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. In Book II, Chapter XXI, what are the colors of the disguise of the soul on the secret ladder, and what do they represent?

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

7. 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?

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

9. In Book II, Chapter XXIII, what does the devil know about what is happening to a soul during the dark night and what does the devil do about it?

10. What is St. John's explained purpose for writing the book Dark Night of the Soul in Book II, Chapter XXII?

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