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. The example the author uses about purification illustrates an understanding of what concept?

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. In Book I, Chapter VII, what do beginners do when they hear others being praised?

4. Why is the soul uncertain of finding its way out in the dark night, according to Book II, Chapter VII?

5. The author says the severity of the trials of a person going through the dark night depends on what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. What are some of the benefits described in Book I, Chapter XIII of a soul that has been purified by the dark night?

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The pain that occurs during the dark night is very intense and the author describes three types of pain that happens to the soul during this time. With examples from the text, please respond with examples to the following:

1) What are the three types of pain a soul experiences while going through the dark night of spirituality?

2) What causes this pain to occur?

3) Why is this pain required for the soul in order to emerge from the dark night?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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