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 IX, what is required for a man to possess for his soul to be illuminated with divine light?

2. What authors quote a state of pain so extreme for the soul it can find no comfort?

3. In Dark Night of the Soul during the dark night, the soul learns that by itself it is what?

4. Where do the afflictions of the second night of darkness affect a man, as stated in Book II, Chapter VII?

5. When entering into the dark night, what does God cause the soul of the person to simply desire, according to Book I, Chapter IX?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

6. How does God determine how severe a person's trial will be through the dark night?

7. In Dark Night of the Soul, what is spiritual sloth?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The concept of the dark night was originally expressed in St. John's poem "The Stanzas of the Soul" which he expounds upon in Dark Night of the Soul. Answer the following questions with support from the text:

1) How does "The Stanzas of the Soul" influence the way Dark Night of the Soul is written?

2) How does the imagery of the poem aid the reader in understanding Dark Night of the Soul?

3) How does the poetic imagery of the poem portray the dark night differently than the text in Dark Night of the Soul?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The knowledge and the experience of the dark night, as well as the ladder of spirituality, are considered secret. These occurrences are even defined as indescribable. With supporting examples, answer the following:

1) Why are the experiences of the dark night and the ladder of spirituality labeled as secret?

2) How does a person learn of the secret things from God? How does God leave no trail of his teachings?

3) Why are there no words to describe the learning the soul gains after passing through the dark night?

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