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 object represents the passions of the natural man, according to Book II, Chapter XIV?

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

3. According to St. John, people who have never experienced a dark night do not understand what this feels like?

4. The soul must endure periods of trial, testing, and what else to reach its final state of union with God as described by St. John?

5. In Book II, Chapter XXI, what color represents the garment of faith?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Book II, Chapter XII, how does the desire of God influence understanding and love on a believer passing through the dark night?

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

3. 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?

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

5. As discussed in Book II, Chapter XXIV, when will the soul finally find peace and rest? Why?

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

7. In Book II, Chapter XVI, why does the author say that it is necessary for man to learn to walk in the darkness?

8. Why is the experience of the dark night and the spiritual ladder called "secret," as explained by the author?

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

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

St. John of the Cross was a very important person in the reformation of the Carmelite order of the Church and has been extremely influential in the history of the Christian faith. Please respond to the following with supporting facts:

1) How did St. John's life influence his faith?

2) How did St. John's faith influence his career?

3) What was St. John's purpose in writing Dark Night of the Soul?

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 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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