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. In Book II, Chapter VII, what will souls not believe when experiencing a dark night with so much pain?

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

3. St. John writes that because of the goodness of God's divine wisdom, the soul actually feels as if it is being what?

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

5. What does St. John say affects Christians in a way that they are easily swayed by their senses and see imaginary visions?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is a separation between the will and the emotions within a person. St. John describes this separation as the reason why the soul can journey through the dark night. Respond with supporting examples:

1) How is the will free from emotions within a human?

2) Why does the soul recognize what it needs and the will of a person does not?

3) How is the separation of the will and the emotions required for a person to pass through the dark night?

Essay Topic 2

There are many benefits a soul will gain when first entering into the dark night. The lessons that the soul is taught during this time is the way to unification with God. Using supporting examples, answer the following questions:

1) What does the soul learn while first entering into the dark night?

2) What is the benefit of a soul understanding it is weak and miserable?

3) What does the phrase "growing up in Christ" mean in relation to the soul?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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