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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. What is a ritual feeding of the poor?
(a) Monji pav.
(b) A Manje pov.
(c) Ponji mav.
(d) Panje mov.

2. All morning Mauvant is muttering that he is ________________ but no one pays him much attention.
(a) Sleeping.
(b) Sick.
(c) Dying.
(d) Going.

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

4. This woman is a successful ____________ (market woman).
(a) Marchfemme.
(b) Femme de marche.
(c) Marche femme.
(d) Machann.

5. ____________ is finally reacted by Karen, Alourdes and their traveling companions.
(a) Gros Cajou.
(b) Gros Morne.
(c) Gros Balance.
(d) Gros Vignon.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Manman Marasa?

2. When do the preparations for the party begin?

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

4. For Alourdes, it is a journey long overdue to do what?

5. Where is this town located?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does jealousy affect the plot of this story?

3. What is made clear in this chapter that we as Americans often fail to understand?

4. What is Alourdes' purpose for arranging the 'manje pov?'

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

6. Who does Aunt Emma represent? Why is this important?

7. What is one of the most important lessons learned about the practice of Vodou from reading this book? How is Karen's involvement in Mama Lola's story important to most readers of this book?

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

10. What story takes place regarding Alourdes in the previous chapter? How is this related to this chapter?

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