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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 is the focus of Book II, Chapter XVI?
2. What does the author call things that stop the human soul from seeking God?
3. What happened to Jeremias and Moses after being infused with the wisdom of God?
4. What does the soul do on the second step of the ladder of love, according to Book II, Chapter XIX?
5. In Book II, Chapter XIII, the author states that love is felt by what?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why must the soul become numb to natural desires to receive God's strength and a union with God, according to Book II, Chapter XVI?
2. What are the three properties the soul gains after passing the dark night, as described in Book II, Chapter XXV?
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. What is the author discussing in the second stanza of his poem from the prologue that is further explained in Book II, Chapter XV?
5. How does the soul speak of being happy by using the symbolism of a house in Book II, Chapter XIV?
6. How does a purifying fire of love affect the souls of humans and angels in relation to a closeness with God as described by the author?
7. Why is the experience of the dark night and the spiritual ladder called "secret," as explained by the author?
8. What does St. John explain about his poem, "Stanza of the Soul," in Book II, Chapter XXII?
9. How can the soul experience the presence of God while in the dark night, as described by the author in Book II, Chapter XIII?
10. How can a soul reach the final step on the secret ladder? What happens on this step?
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 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 3
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?
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