Dark Night of the Soul Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to St. John, what replaces spiritual anxiety after passing through the dark night?

2. According to St. John, what kind of day is it when a man searches for God in a divine way instead of a human way?

3. In Book I, Chapter V, beginners fall victim to wrath when they lets the sins of other do what?

4. In Book II, Chapter VI, how many kinds of pain result from the meeting of the divine and human?

5. What is another name for avarice?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What are the three types of pain that result from human and divine meeting in one, as discussed in Book II, Chapter VI?

3. In Book II, Chapter VIII, why is the inability to pray or the feeling that prayers are not reaching God in the dark night not a problem?

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

6. What are the symptoms of the sin of pride, according to St. John?

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

8. How does the author compare divine light to sunlight?

9. How does God determine how severe a person's trial will be through the dark night?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is a separation between the will and the emotions within a person. St. John describes this separation as the reason why the soul can journey through the dark night. Respond with supporting examples:

1) How is the will free from emotions within a human?

2) Why does the soul recognize what it needs and the will of a person does not?

3) How is the separation of the will and the emotions required for a person to pass through the dark night?

Essay Topic 2

St. John of the Cross was a very important person in the reformation of the Carmelite order of the Church and has been extremely influential in the history of the Christian faith. Please respond to the following with supporting facts:

1) How did St. John's life influence his faith?

2) How did St. John's faith influence his career?

3) What was St. John's purpose in writing Dark Night of the Soul?

Essay Topic 3

After completely passing through the two dark nights of spirituality, a proficient Christian is at last unified with God. St. John explains that there are three properties that the soul gains as a result of passing through the purification of the dark night. Write an essay answering the following by using supporting examples from the text:

1) What are the three properties the soul gains after being purified by the dark night?

2) Do the senses or sin affect the spirit after the dark night has passed within a person's life?

3) How does a soul become transformed by these three properties? What does that mean in a Christian's relationship with God?

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