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. Why is the soul uncertain of finding its way out in the dark night, according to Book II, Chapter VII?

2. In Book I, Chapter VIII, what does the first night purify?

3. The soul starts to develop a habit of what during the dark night, as stated in Book I, Chapter XIII?

4. What is disturbed by divine purgation, according to Book II, Chapter VIII?

5. When a man searches for God in a divine way, the spirit and the soul of that person are transformed into what, according to Book II, Chapter V?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Book I, Chapter XI, what is the Christian's new desire upon being ignited with the spirit of love?

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

3. In Dark Night of the Soul, what is the difference between habitual imperfections and actual imperfections?

4. How does a Christian feel during the three kinds of pain that afflict him when the divine and human meet in one during the dark night, according to the author?

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

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

7. In Book II, Chapter V, what reasons are given for the dark night to be named "dark" and not "light"?

8. In Book I, Chapter VI, why are new believers especially prone to the sin of gluttony?

9. What does St. John say must change in a person in order for the divine and the human to exist within the same person?

10. As described in Book II, Chapter, I, can a person who has passed through the night of darkness still be afflicted with other periods of darkness? Why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The soul becomes transformed after passing through the dark night and starts to yearn and becomes overwhelmed with the power and depth of God. Answer the following with supporting examples:

1) How does the soul act after receiving a love for God after passing through the dark night?

2) Why does the soul enter into a restless state after understanding the power of God's love?

3) Why would the soul miss the spirit of God if it were ever to leave?

Essay Topic 3

St. John describes two different types of imperfections that proficient Christians are troubled by; these must be removed during the dark night. Using examples from the text, respond to the following questions:

1) What are the two types of imperfections a proficient Christian suffers from?

2) Which imperfection is disastrous for the soul and leaves the soul open to evil influence?

3) Which imperfection can be removed from the spirit during the dark night? Why must it be removed before emerging from the dark night?

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