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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. Fouchard understands that she must do what?
(a) Continue as if nothing has happened.
(b) Stay in her home.
(c) Close up shop and immediately leave town.
(d) Care for Sina.

2. While power liberates, it also can do what to those who wield it?
(a) Encourage them to do good with their power.
(b) Betray and destroy.
(c) Spread their power.
(d) Increase their power.

3. Macena shirks his responsibilities and spends all of his time where?
(a) In a bar.
(b) At the cockfights.
(c) In front of the television.
(d) With his friends.

4. In the market of _____________, Philo finds her sister, Gloria.
(a) Gabaille.
(b) Gonaives.
(c) Gaiac.
(d) Guedo.

5. What does Mauvant regularly do?
(a) He sits sipping his special rum mixture and doling out medicine and advice.
(b) He sleeps.
(c) He talks to the spirits.
(d) He tells stories.

Short Answer Questions

1. Unfortunately, Fouchard's plan all along is to do what?

2. What happens to Sina shortly after this?

3. This occurs right around the time when Sina must do what?

4. What does she learn from her sister-in-law?

5. Who is Manman Marasa?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is a manbo especially important in Haiti during the present time?

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

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

5. How is the character Jepete important?

6. 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?

7. 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?

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

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

10. What other imagery is used in this chapter? How does it affect the reader? What message does this imagery send?

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