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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why is grief of putting to death the silkworm worth forging through?
(a) it is a new kind of experience
(b) it is a trial by fire
(c) it is a necessary and beautiful death
(d) it is a prerequisite of obedience

2. Where does Teresa say her words come from?
(a) the Saints
(b) the visions she has
(c) the Bible
(d) the Beloved

3. Even at this stage, what does Teresa say God allows?
(a) the possibility of lingering in the world
(b) temptation to test the ones to whom He is about to reveal Himself
(c) physical pain and suffering
(d) visions to speed up the process of revealing Himslef

4. After the Prayer of Union, where does the sister realize she was?
(a) floating in the cosmos
(b) near death
(c) among the saints
(d) in God and He was in her

5. What does Teresa say about good works done outside of communion with God ?
(a) They are useful to other people.
(b) They make up for other failings.
(c) They open the door to God.
(d) They come from a spirit of evil.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Teresa say the condition of the soul is in the First Dwelling?

2. What do souls rightly handling spiritual trials do?

3. After the Fifth Dwelling experience, what is the supplicant's new attitude?

4. What does Teresa say God is under no obligation to do"

5. What worries Teresa about being able to quote other writers?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way does Teresa explain the Prayer of Recollection?

2. What does Teresa say about what is gained during the difficult times in life?

3. In what way does Teresa say a sister can insure her devotion to God?

4. What explanation does Teresa give in her prologue?

5. What does Teresa have to say about mastering one's earthly appetites?

6. How does Teresa describe the Prayer of Union?

7. What is Teresa's conclusion on how she will proceed with the writing?

8. What does Teresa say about a nun who is entangled with the cares of the world?

9. What reservation does Teresa have about writing on the subject of prayer?

10. What theme does Teresa introduce in her first chapter that runs throughout the book?

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