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. When is the only time a soul can ascend to the sixth step?

2. What is the first property gained by the soul after passing through the dark night?

3. In Book II, Chapter XI, the author writes about the depth and power of what?

4. The author says that the first step on the ladder is similar to the way a person acts when they are in the early stage of what?

5. In Book II, Chapter XI, the soul would miss the spiritual love and affection of what if it was to go away?

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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 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?

Essay Topic 3

After completely passing through the two dark nights of spirituality, a proficient Christian is at last unified with God. St. John explains that there are three properties that the soul gains as a result of passing through the purification of the dark night. Write an essay answering the following by using supporting examples from the text:

1) What are the three properties the soul gains after being purified by the dark night?

2) Do the senses or sin affect the spirit after the dark night has passed within a person's life?

3) How does a soul become transformed by these three properties? What does that mean in a Christian's relationship with God?

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