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Karen McCarthy Brown
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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. When she first meets Alphonse Macena, she is just a girl of __________.
(a) 15.
(b) 12.
(c) 19.
(d) 17.

2. The chapter about the spirit Azaka, or "Kouzen Zaka" begins with Karen telling the story of her journey to Mama Lola's home in ______________.
(a) May of 1984.
(b) May of 1981.
(c) May of 1982.
(d) May of 1983.

3. Unfortunately, Fouchard's plan all along is to do what?
(a) Have Philo be the daughter she always wanted.
(b) Utilize Philo as a maid whom she will not have to pay.
(c) Sell Philo.
(d) Return Philo to her mother as soon as possible.

4. Philo is treated very poorly, and at the age of ____________, she runs away.
(a) Sixteen.
(b) Fifteen.
(c) Seventeen.
(d) Fourteen.

5. Sina is strong and has saved money from what?
(a) Selling her goods at the market.
(b) Nannying.
(c) Tutoring children.
(d) Saving her inheritance.

Short Answer Questions

1. Alourdes ____________ the family spirits that inhabit the land.

2. Philo and a group of friends travel to ______________.

3. For Karen, the trip is largely in the name of ____________.

4. Mama Lola travels to ___________ from Haiti and falls very ill.

5. Why does he fund this?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the moral of the story in this chapter? How is this a significant lesson to learn?

2. What is revealed about the relationship between Mama Lola and the spirits in this chapter? How is this relationship important?

3. What contrast is discussed in this chapter? Describe this contrast.

4. What does Sina's character reveal about women in this culture? How do the women compare to the men?

5. How does one feel regarding Karen? Is it easy to sympathize with her? Why or why not?

6. Describe Vodou rituals and ceremonies as a whole. Give an example from this chapter that supports this.

7. How is Marie Claire significant?

8. What is the connection between one's power and the will of the spirits in the world of Vodou?

9. How are vodou ideals understood? Give an example from the text that supports this. How might a modern-day American reader feel about this?

10. What important themes in the world of Haitian Vodou are seen in this chapter?

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