Dark Night of the Soul Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 132 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.

Dark Night of the Soul Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 132 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.
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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. St. John says that almost all beginners will experience what?

2. What is another name for avarice?

3. It is necessary for the spirit and the sensual portion of man to be separated in order for what to happen, according to Book II, Chapter III?

4. What is the topic of the prologue?

5. In Book I, Chapter XII, the soul develops a fear of what during the dark night?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author describe the condition of beginners on their journey of faith?

2. In Book I, Chapter III, what are the symptoms of the sin of avarice?

3. In Book I, Chapter VI, why are new believers especially prone to the sin of gluttony?

4. Describe how the devil uses spiritual activity to place an impure thought in a believer's head, as described in Dark Night of the Soul.

5. How does the author compare divine light to sunlight?

6. What does St. John say must change in a person in order for the divine and the human to exist within the same person?

7. How does St. John say a person changes when his spirit becomes united with God and how does his understanding of love change?

8. How does God determine how severe a person's trial will be through the dark night?

9. Why does the author quote the sufferings of Job and Jeremias in Book II, Chapter VII?

10. In Book II, Chapter V, what reasons are given for the dark night to be named "dark" and not "light"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

St. John describes two different types of imperfections that proficient Christians are troubled by; these must be removed during the dark night. Using examples from the text, respond to the following questions:

1) What are the two types of imperfections a proficient Christian suffers from?

2) Which imperfection is disastrous for the soul and leaves the soul open to evil influence?

3) Which imperfection can be removed from the spirit during the dark night? Why must it be removed before emerging from the dark night?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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