Dark Night of the Soul Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. What is the first property gained by the soul after passing through the dark night?

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

3. What does the soul do on the second step of the ladder of love, according to Book II, Chapter XIX?

4. To what is the secret ladder a reference, as mentioned in Book II, Chapter XV?

5. What does that author say the soul finds after passing through the dark night?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Book II, Chapter XVI, why does the author say that it is necessary for man to learn to walk in the darkness?

2. In Book II, Chapter XI, what does the author say the soul will want to do after it has received the love for God?

3. How is this unification achieved with God, according to Book II, Chapter XXIV?

4. What does St. John explain about his poem, "Stanza of the Soul," in Book II, Chapter XXII?

5. Why does a soul have to wear a disguise as it ascends the secret ladder?

6. Why does the author say that people who have never passed through the dark night understand spiritual freedom?

7. 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?

8. How does St. John conclude his book in the final chapter?

9. What is St. John's explained purpose for writing the book Dark Night of the Soul in Book II, Chapter XXII?

10. How can a soul reach the final step on the secret ladder? What happens on this step?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The sensual, natural part of man must be put to rest for the soul to achieve unification with God's love, according to Dark Night of the Soul. Please answer the following with support from the text:

1) How does St. John compare the sensual part of a man to that of a house at rest?

2) Why is it required for a man to put the sensual part of himself to rest before being able to enter into unification with God?

3) How does the sensual part of a man make him a "prisoner"?

Essay Topic 2

The length of the dark night of spirituality and how much pain a soul has to endure is different for every person. Using supporting examples, please respond with an essay to the following:

1) Why does the duration of the dark night and the amount of pain experienced by a soul vary from person to person?

2) Who has the final say in the duration and intensity of the dark night?

3) What is the fate of a soul who is chosen to have extremely intense darkness?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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