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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 simile does Teresa use to describe turning away from a life of prayer?
(a) like never washing out a drinking cup
(b) like throwing a shroud over a brightly shining jewel
(c) like putting mud in a cake
(d) like putting out all the candles in a dark house

2. How does Teresa say some souls react when God tests their strength and dependence on Him?
(a) out of proportion to what is necessary to endure the trial
(b) doing nothing and hoping for the better
(c) slowly, delaying their progress
(d) defiantly toward all things spiritual

3. What do many people do to prevent them from moving into the Fifth Dwelling?
(a) get tired and give up
(b) listen to the skeptics
(c) allow themselves to become self-satisfied and judgmental
(d) think they have already arrived

4. What does Teresa say about the servants of an earthly King?
(a) They all eat at his table.
(b) Not all of them are allowed into his private chamber.
(c) They come and they go.
(d) Some of them are cast out.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Teresa say some of her sisters do when they are engrossed in their own reaction to what is happening in their souls?

2. What l transition does Teresa say should happen at Dwelling Three?

3. What does Teresa say is important at the Fourth Dwelling intimacy with God?

4. What does Teresa prescribe instead of memorized prayers?

5. How does Teresa describe the silk worm nature of the pending change in the supplicant?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Teresa define spiritual consolations?

2. What is Teresa's feeling after leaving the Prayer of Union?

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

4. What does Teresa prescribe as a means of passing any test of her faith and devotion?

5. How does Teresa describe establishing and maintaining intimacy with God?

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

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

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

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

10. What does Teresa have to say about expectations and rewards for service to God?

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