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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. In the end, what happens in William's case?
(a) He is put in prison.
(b) All charges are dropped.
(c) He is placed in a mental institution.
(d) He is given community service.

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

3. The chapter ends with a quick anecdote about whom?
(a) Mama Lola.
(b) Azaka.
(c) Karen.
(d) Maggie.

4. What is a "met tet?"
(a) A Mets fan.
(b) A beaded rattle.
(c) Master of her head.
(d) A grocery store.

5. The day arrives when a ________ (an evil spirit, in this case, a two legged horse which stands straight like a man) visits Madame Fouchard in the middle of the night.
(a) Baka.
(b) Maka.
(c) Raka.
(d) Laka.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Haiti, before she moved to America, Alourdes, like most other Haitian women, did whatever it took to feed herself and her family, including what?

2. She buys land in _____________, building her house with her own hands.

3. Despite her power as a Vodou priestess and the protection that she enjoys at the hands of the spirits, ________________ is enough to upturn Alourdes' life.

4. The compound is a grouping of huts for whom?

5. The first chapter of the book begins where?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What all-important concept is discussed in this chapter? Give an example.

4. How is Marie Claire significant?

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

6. How is the character Jepete important?

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

8. What does this chapter reveal about the Mauvant family and life in Haiti and in the Mauvant family compound?

9. Describe Karen's understanding of Alourdes' "Queen Bee" behavior.

10. How might oral traditions be difficult for the reader?

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