Dark Night of the Soul Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 author states that impure thoughts from spiritual luxury are a result of the pleasure humans find in what?

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

3. What is the topic of the prologue?

4. St. John says that the dark night causes the soul to gain a healthy respect for what?

5. In <i>Dark Night of the Soul</i>, what does the soul wait for in the second night of darkness?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did God do with Job during the dark night that allowed the devil access to his life, as explained by the author?

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

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. How does the soul speak of being happy by using the symbolism of a house in Book II, Chapter XIV?

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

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. What does St. John say happens on the fourth step of love of the secret ladder? Why does the soul not want favor from God?

8. What are the symptoms of the sin of pride, according to St. John?

9. Why does the author quote the sufferings of Job and Jeremias in Book II, Chapter VII?

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

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?

The second night of darkness inflicts even greater pain upon the soul than the first night. Answer the following questions with supporting examples:

1) Why is the second night of darkness even more painful than the first?

2) What happens to the soul after periods of rest during this night? Why?

3) What examples from the Bible does St. John use to help illustrate the pain of the second night of darkness?

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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