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 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

There are seven points that the author describes about the understanding of divine fire. This fire is special and consumes and purifies the soul at the same time. Use supporting examples to respond to the following:

1) List at least four understandings of divine fire that St. John describes in Dark Night of the Soul.

2) How is divine fire of the soul similar to a log burning in a real fire?

3) How does the comparison of divine fire to a real fire illustrate the concept of a soul burning in purgatory?

Essay Topic 2

The seven deadly sins recognized by the Catholic Church are said to be an evil influence in a beginning Christian's life. St. John wrote how a new believer was strongly influenced by these sins in Dark Night of the Soul. Write an essay answering the following with support:

1) What are the seven deadly sins that plague a beginning Christian's life as described by St. John?

2) How do these sins influence the way a person acts in relationship to one's faith in Christianity?

3) How are these sins overcome in a person's life?

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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