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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. The first chapter of the book begins where?
(a) In Brooklyn.
(b) In TriBeCa.
(c) In the rural mountains of Haiti.
(d) In the city of Port au Prince.

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

3. Luc is a wealthy man, and he funds a trip for Philo and her son to do what?
(a) Journey back into the mountains
(b) Move to the States.
(c) Journey to Port au Prince.
(d) Take a relaxing vacation.

4. How old is Joseph Binbin Mauvant?
(a) 69.
(b) 89.
(c) 79.
(d) 59.

5. Mauvant is what they call a _____________________ or a true African who has the spirits "on him" always.
(a) "Afrikanner."
(b) "Afrique."
(c) "Franginen."
(d) "Frafrica."

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. Why does he fund this?

3. Why is Azaka mad?

4. This woman is a successful ____________ (market woman).

5. Philomise is the ________________ daughter of Marie Noelsine, the family beauty.

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 does one feel regarding Karen? Is it easy to sympathize with her? Why or why not?

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

4. How does this culture affect men like Macena? How is Sina finally able to escape him? How does this lead to a change in her life?

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

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

7. What is the moral of the story in this chapter? How is this a significant lesson to learn?

8. Describe a metaphor that can be found in this chapter. How is this interesting?

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

10. How is jealousy significant in Haiti?

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