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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. Macena is the father of her children so she must do what?
(a) Trust him.
(b) Take him in.
(c) Forgive him.
(d) Stay away from him.

2. Mama Lola is throwing Azaka _______________ party, as she must every year.
(a) A surprise.
(b) A birthday.
(c) An anniversary.
(d) A pizza.

3. Philo and a group of friends travel to ______________.
(a) Havana.
(b) Santo Domingo.
(c) New York City.
(d) Port au Prince.

4. For Karen, the trip is largely in the name of ____________.
(a) Research.
(b) Relaxing.
(c) Spending time with family.
(d) Making friends.

5. The emphasis in this chapter is on what?
(a) The relationships between men and women.
(b) The economics of women's lives.
(c) The history of Haitian politics.
(d) The economic status of all Haitians.

Short Answer Questions

1. All morning Mauvant is muttering that he is ________________ but no one pays him much attention.

2. She is taken back to _______________.

3. By the end of this chapter, Alourdes does what for Karen?

4. What does Alourdes want to gather?

5. The chapter ends with a quick anecdote about whom?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do most Americans think of "voodoo?"

3. How is the legend of Joseph Binbin Mauvant important?

4. How are Sina and Philo similar? What actions do they take? What does this reveal about them?

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

6. How does this similarity relate to their decision to take up the ason and serve the spirits?

7. Why is oral tradition important in this culture?

8. How do you feel about Karen marrying Ogou? How does this marriage change the path of Karen's life? What does this also teach her?

9. How is Mama Lola affected by the needs of these spirits? What are the end results of her actions?

10. How is Marie Claire significant?

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