Dark Night of the Soul Test | Final 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. What does the author return to explaining in Book II, Chapter XXII?

2. What is the term given to a spiritual experience beyond words?

3. How many steps are on the ladder of love?

4. In Book II, Chapter XI, when will the soul seek God?

5. What happened to Jeremias and Moses after being infused with the wisdom of God?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does a soul have to wear a disguise as it ascends the secret ladder?

2. What does St. John say happens to the soul after it has become enkindled and starts yearning for God? What would happen if the fire were to go away?

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

4. What does St. John explain about his poem, "Stanza of the Soul," in Book II, Chapter XXII?

5. 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?

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

7. What is the author discussing in the second stanza of his poem from the prologue that is further explained in Book II, Chapter XV?

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

9. Why does the author say that people who have never passed through the dark night understand spiritual freedom?

10. How is this unification achieved with God, according to Book II, Chapter XXIV?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The sensual, natural part of man must be put to rest for the soul to achieve unification with God's love, according to Dark Night of the Soul. Please answer the following with support from the text:

1) How does St. John compare the sensual part of a man to that of a house at rest?

2) Why is it required for a man to put the sensual part of himself to rest before being able to enter into unification with God?

3) How does the sensual part of a man make him a "prisoner"?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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