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. Beside the feelings of poverty, what is necessary to completely purge the spirit?

2. What does the soul find in the dark night that it must face, according to Book II, Chapter IX?

3. St. John writes that a person experiencing the dark night might feel as if who has abandoned him?

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

5. How many important points are made in Book II, Chapter X, about the purification process?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Book I, Chapter III, what are the symptoms of the sin of avarice?

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

4. 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?

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

6. In Book II, Chapter X, how does the divine fire of God teach about the state of souls in purgatory?

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

8. Describe how the devil uses spiritual activity to place an impure thought in a believer's head, as described in Dark Night of the Soul.

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. What is the purpose of the Dark Night of the Soul as described in the prologue?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The length of the dark night of spirituality and how much pain a soul has to endure is different for every person. Using supporting examples, please respond with an essay to the following:

1) Why does the duration of the dark night and the amount of pain experienced by a soul vary from person to person?

2) Who has the final say in the duration and intensity of the dark night?

3) What is the fate of a soul who is chosen to have extremely intense darkness?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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