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 is the main topic of Book II, Chapter XVII?

2. Who does the author use as an example of the yearning for God that takes place in the second night of darkness?

3. What can a soul not see beyond until it has been properly purged?

4. In what kind of way would the soul respond to God's love if the senses were not numbed?

5. What is another reason the author gives for the soul traveling through the dark night in concealment?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the three properties the soul gains after passing the dark night, as described in Book II, Chapter XXV?

2. 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?

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

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

5. How does St. John describe the trail that God walks as He leads the soul on its journey through the darkness?

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

7. How does St. John conclude his book in the final chapter?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are many benefits a soul will gain when first entering into the dark night. The lessons that the soul is taught during this time is the way to unification with God. Using supporting examples, answer the following questions:

1) What does the soul learn while first entering into the dark night?

2) What is the benefit of a soul understanding it is weak and miserable?

3) What does the phrase "growing up in Christ" mean in relation to the soul?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The light of divine illumination comes only after a soul has experienced the dark night. St. John explains divine light by referencing the rays of sunlight. Respond to the following with supporting examples:

1) What is divine light?

2) Explain how divine light acts similarly to sunlight.

3) Why does divine light only illuminate within a soul that has passed through the dark night?

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