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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. The use of the term "dark night" throughout Dark Night of the Soul by St. John is an example of what?
2. What is the main topic of discussion in Book II, Chapter XV?
3. What does the author say the soul experiences, even during the dark night?
4. What holds the soul in bondage?
5. In what kind of way would the soul respond to God's love if the senses were not numbed?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. Why does the author say that people who have never passed through the dark night understand spiritual freedom?
3. How can the soul experience the presence of God while in the dark night, as described by the author in Book II, Chapter XIII?
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 are the three properties the soul gains after passing the dark night, as described in Book II, Chapter XXV?
6. 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?
7. Why does a soul have to wear a disguise as it ascends the secret ladder?
8. What is St. John's explained purpose for writing the book Dark Night of the Soul in Book II, Chapter XXII?
9. What did God do with Job during the dark night that allowed the devil access to his life, as explained by the author?
10. How does St. John conclude his book in the final chapter?
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 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
The concept of the dark night was originally expressed in St. John's poem "The Stanzas of the Soul" which he expounds upon in Dark Night of the Soul. Answer the following questions with support from the text:
1) How does "The Stanzas of the Soul" influence the way Dark Night of the Soul is written?
2) How does the imagery of the poem aid the reader in understanding Dark Night of the Soul?
3) How does the poetic imagery of the poem portray the dark night differently than the text in Dark Night of the Soul?
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