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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. This is done around ____________.
(a) 4:00 p.m.
(b) 8:00 p.m.
(c) 4:00 a.m.
(d) 8:00 a.m.

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

3. By the end of this chapter, Alourdes does what for Karen?
(a) Buys her supplies for being a manbo.
(b) Prays for her.
(c) Reads her cards.
(d) Puts in a good word for her with the spirits.

4. Fouchard feeds Sina and gives her a place to rest whenever she comes to town to sell her goods at the market. Why does Fouchard do this?
(a) She is a kind woman.
(b) She cares for Sina.
(c) She knows that these favors will oblige Sina to her.
(d) She is Sina's aunt.

5. She develops a good reputation within the Haitian community because of what?
(a) Her wealth.
(b) Her influence among the authorities.
(c) Her effective treatments and her fairness with her clients.
(d) Her intelligence.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. What does McCarthy Brown do for Alourdes and Maggie?

5. What does Philo realize?

Short Essay Questions

1. What sets Alourdes further apart from the poor Haitians?

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

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

4. What does the author say is the purpose of every other chapter in the book? What does this reveal about the author's role in writing these chapters?

5. How is Sina's strength revealed in this chapter?

6. Why is oral tradition important in this culture?

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

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

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

10. How do Alourdes and Maggie feel in American culture? Should they feel this way? Why or why not?

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