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. The purging of the soul in the feeling of poverty is compared to what in Book II, Chapter VI?

2. St. Johns states that believers react to God similarly to what?

3. What two things cannot exist in the same person?

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

5. What does the author say is a problem for the soul, especially in divine activities?

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

3. In Dark Night of the Soul, what is spiritual sloth?

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The use of analogies within Dark Night of the Soul is abundant. St. John often re-describes his explanations by comparing the experience with an analogy. By using support from the text, respond with an essay to the following:

1) Name and define at least three analogies used within Dark Night of the Soul.

2) What is the author's purpose in using analogies within his writing? What does the reader gain from reading the analogies?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

There are signs that a person's soul is starting to enter the dark night; however these signs are sometimes confused with a soul that is suffering from a sinful existence. Answer the following questions with supporting examples:

1) What are the symptoms a person's soul experiences when beginning to enter into the dark night?

2) What are some of the signs a person is suffering from a sinful existence and not really entering into the dark night?

3) How many people truly enter the dark night? Why?

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