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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. What is it when the soul retreats from the senses and begins to rebuild the temple where it can go to worship?
(a) the Lord's Prayer
(b) the Prayer of Recollection
(c) the Prayer of the Faithful
(d) the Prayer of Contrition

2. What does Teresa classify as a sign of the intention to draw ever closer to God?
(a) heartborken sobs
(b) perseverance
(c) indifference
(d) more study on prayer

3. What does she say is inside the castle?
(a) dwellings in every direction
(b) green fields and flowers
(c) diamonds and jewels
(d) rooms filled with busy people

4. What does Teresa suggest is the true test of the soul's capacity?
(a) recognizing the sweetness, and in not turning away from it
(b) knowing when God is speaking
(c) a vessel running over with clear water
(d) being still for long periods of time

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Teresa say God will do for those who face the possibility of losing their reputations?

2. What is the most important quality of someone wishing to move deeper?

3. What metaphor does Teresa introduce about the Fifth Dwelling?

4. In the early chambers of the Fifth Dwelling, what must the supplicant do?

5. What is her fear of not being in alignment with the Mother Church?

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly summarize the pain of the Fifth Dwelling.

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

3. Describe Teresa's view of the company she should keep.

4. How does Teresa introduce her analogy of the silkworm?

5. What is Teresa's olfactory analogy for what she calls spiritual sweetness?

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

7. How does Teresa evaluate those who serve but do not work at elevating their understanding of God?

8. Explain how the seeker receives the spiritual sweetness.

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

10. How has Teresa handled fear and weakness on her part in the past?

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