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. A peaceful time with God will spark the spirit of what, according to the author?

2. In Book I, Chapter V, beginners fall victim to wrath when they lets the sins of other do what?

3. What does St. John say a man has that will impede the process of unifying with God?

4. 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?

5. St. John says that almost all beginners will experience what?

Short Essay Questions

1. From where does St. John say the image of the spiritual ladder is derived?

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

3. What is St. John's explained purpose for writing the book <i>Dark Night of the Soul</i> in Book II, Chapter XXII?

4. How can a soul reach the sixth step on the secret ladder, as written in Book II, Chapter XX? What do men receive while on this step?

5. In Book II, Chapter XI, what does the author say the soul will want to do after it has received the love for God?

6. How can the soul experience the presence of God while in the dark night, as described by the author in Book II, Chapter XIII?

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

8. In Book II, Chapter XXI, what are the colors of the disguise of the soul on the secret ladder, and what do they represent?

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

10. What happens during the first night of the dark night, as discussed in Book II, Chapter III?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The length of the dark night of spirituality and how much pain a soul has to endure is different for every person. Using supporting examples, please respond with an essay to the following:

1) Why does the duration of the dark night and the amount of pain experienced by a soul vary from person to person?

2) Who has the final say in the duration and intensity of the dark night?

3) What is the fate of a soul who is chosen to have extremely intense darkness?

Essay Topic 2

St. John describes two different types of imperfections that proficient Christians are troubled by; these must be removed during the dark night. Using examples from the text, respond to the following questions:

1) What are the two types of imperfections a proficient Christian suffers from?

2) Which imperfection is disastrous for the soul and leaves the soul open to evil influence?

3) Which imperfection can be removed from the spirit during the dark night? Why must it be removed before emerging from the dark night?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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