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

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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. The author states that impure thoughts from spiritual luxury are a result of the pleasure humans find in what?

2. The example the author uses about purification illustrates an understanding of what concept?

3. What is the topic of the prologue?

4. St. John says that the dark night causes the soul to gain a healthy respect for what?

5. In <i>Dark Night of the Soul</i>, what does the soul wait for in the second night of darkness?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why must the soul face the darkness even though there is only misery there, as described in Book II, Chapter IX?

3. What does St. John say causes the sin of wrath and how does a believer allow this to become a sin in his life?

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

10. How does St. John say a person changes when his spirit becomes united with God and how does his understanding of love change?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

While a believer is on the secret ladder of spirituality, the soul must wear a disguise. St. John is very specific in his depiction of the disguise and its purpose. Respond with supporting examples to the following:

1) What is the purpose of the disguise the soul wears while on the ladder? Can a soul reach unity with God without wearing a disguise?

2) List and define the different layers of the disguise as related by St. John.

3) What do each color and layer of the disguise represent?

Essay Topic 2

The concept of the dark night was originally expressed in St. John's poem "The Stanzas of the Soul" which he expounds upon in Dark Night of the Soul. Answer the following questions with support from the text:

1) How does "The Stanzas of the Soul" influence the way Dark Night of the Soul is written?

2) How does the imagery of the poem aid the reader in understanding Dark Night of the Soul?

3) How does the poetic imagery of the poem portray the dark night differently than the text in Dark Night of the Soul?

Essay Topic 3

Angels are mentioned throughout the text of Dark Night of the Soul and have specific qualities described by St. John. Please respond to the following with examples from the text that support your answer:

1) How are angels portrayed in the text with similar qualities as humans?

2) How does an angel become closer to God in spirituality?

3) What do both angels and humans experience which provides them with a commonality?

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