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. As described in Book II, Chapter II, what are deeply rooted in the spirit of a person and must be removed by the purging of the soul?

2. What does the author say is a problem for the soul, especially in divine activities?

3. In Dark Night of the Soul, what does the soul wait for in the second night of darkness?

4. In Book I, Chapter XII, the soul develops a fear of what during the dark night?

5. What two things cannot exist in the same person?

Short Essay Questions

1. How must a believer react when first realizing he has entered the dark night, according to Book I, Chapter X?

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does the author compare the use of fire to the purification process a person experiences during the dark night?

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

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

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

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 soul becomes transformed after passing through the dark night and starts to yearn and becomes overwhelmed with the power and depth of God. Answer the following with supporting examples:

1) How does the soul act after receiving a love for God after passing through the dark night?

2) Why does the soul enter into a restless state after understanding the power of God's love?

3) Why would the soul miss the spirit of God if it were ever to leave?

Essay Topic 3

While a believer is on the secret ladder of spirituality, the soul must wear a disguise. St. John is very specific in his depiction of the disguise and its purpose. Respond with supporting examples to the following:

1) What is the purpose of the disguise the soul wears while on the ladder? Can a soul reach unity with God without wearing a disguise?

2) List and define the different layers of the disguise as related by St. John.

3) What do each color and layer of the disguise represent?

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