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. On what does the author expound, in Book I, Chapter XI?

2. In Book II, Chapter IX, what is required for a man to possess for his soul to be illuminated with divine light?

3. What example does the author use to describe divine light?

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

5. The seven deadly sins are recognized by what Christian community?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the three types of pain that result from human and divine meeting in one, as discussed in Book II, Chapter VI?

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

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

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

6. In Book II, Chapter V, what reasons are given for the dark night to be named "dark" and not "light"?

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Angels are mentioned throughout the text of Dark Night of the Soul and have specific qualities described by St. John. Please respond to the following with examples from the text that support your answer:

1) How are angels portrayed in the text with similar qualities as humans?

2) How does an angel become closer to God in spirituality?

3) What do both angels and humans experience which provides them with a commonality?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The light of divine illumination comes only after a soul has experienced the dark night. St. John explains divine light by referencing the rays of sunlight. Respond to the following with supporting examples:

1) What is divine light?

2) Explain how divine light acts similarly to sunlight.

3) Why does divine light only illuminate within a soul that has passed through the dark night?

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