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

2. What do beginning Christians feel happens when they grow in faith and deal with suffering for God's sake, according to Book I, Chapter IX?

3. St. John explains that beginners who have pride become impatient with whom?

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

5. What does the spirit of a man search for in the darkness?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In Book II, Chapter VIII, why is the inability to pray or the feeling that prayers are not reaching God in the dark night not a problem?

4. How does the author compare the use of fire to the purification process a person experiences during the dark night?

5. What does the author say is the sign that the dark night has begun?

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

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

8. What is the difference between a symptom of the dark night from sin and actually going through the dark night, according to St. John?

9. How must a believer react when first realizing he has entered the dark night, according to Book I, Chapter X?

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

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

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

The sensual, natural part of man must be put to rest for the soul to achieve unification with God's love, according to Dark Night of the Soul. Please answer the following with support from the text:

1) How does St. John compare the sensual part of a man to that of a house at rest?

2) Why is it required for a man to put the sensual part of himself to rest before being able to enter into unification with God?

3) How does the sensual part of a man make him a "prisoner"?

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