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. During the dark night according to the author, when attachments are stripped away, a Christian might feel as if what is happening?

2. In Book II, Chapter IX, what will a person become as he goes through a harder labor and more severe pain?

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

4. In Book I, Chapter III, what is the rosary made of?

5. Gluttony is exhibited when believers go to extremes and will not stop what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Book I, Chapter VI, why are new believers especially prone to the sin of gluttony?

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

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

6. In Book I, Chapter XI, what is the Christian's new desire upon being ignited with the spirit of love?

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

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

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

10. How does the author describe the condition of beginners on their journey of faith?

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

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 3

There are seven points that the author describes about the understanding of divine fire. This fire is special and consumes and purifies the soul at the same time. Use supporting examples to respond to the following:

1) List at least four understandings of divine fire that St. John describes in Dark Night of the Soul.

2) How is divine fire of the soul similar to a log burning in a real fire?

3) How does the comparison of divine fire to a real fire illustrate the concept of a soul burning in purgatory?

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