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 because of the goodness of God's divine wisdom, the soul actually feels as if it is being what?

2. In Book I, Chapter XII, the soul develops a fear of what during the dark night?

3. What does God want to do with those who go through the most intense darkness of the dark night?

4. How does the soul change during the dark night?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In Book II, Chapter XVIII, how does the soul move upon the spiritual ladder?

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

3. In Book II, Chapter XII, how does the desire of God influence understanding and love on a believer passing through the dark night?

4. What does St. John explain about his poem, "Stanza of the Soul," in Book II, Chapter XXII?

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. How does the author compare divine light to sunlight?

7. How does St. John of the Cross use Mary Magdalene as an example of a soul passing through the second night of darkness?

8. How is this unification achieved with God, according to Book II, Chapter XXIV?

9. Why is the experience of the dark night and the spiritual ladder called "secret," as explained by the author?

10. In Book II, Chapter XIX, what happens on the first three steps of love on the secret ladder?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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