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

2. How does the author compare God's trail as He leads the soul on the journey through the dark night?

3. Without passing through the dark night, the author says that people are still what of their natural desires and wants?

4. The author writes that the yearning for God will leave the soul in what state?

5. With what are the spirits in purgatory purged?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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. In Book II, Chapter XVIII, how does the soul move upon the spiritual ladder?

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

8. In Book II, Chapter XXIII, what does the devil know about what is happening to a soul during the dark night and what does the devil do about it?

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. In Book II, Chapter XIX, what happens on the first three steps of love on the secret ladder?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The seven deadly sins recognized by the Catholic Church are said to be an evil influence in a beginning Christian's life. St. John wrote how a new believer was strongly influenced by these sins in Dark Night of the Soul. Write an essay answering the following with support:

1) What are the seven deadly sins that plague a beginning Christian's life as described by St. John?

2) How do these sins influence the way a person acts in relationship to one's faith in Christianity?

3) How are these sins overcome in a person's life?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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