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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 chapter about the spirit Azaka, or "Kouzen Zaka" begins with Karen telling the story of her journey to Mama Lola's home in ______________.
(a) May of 1984.
(b) May of 1983.
(c) May of 1982.
(d) May of 1981.

2. For Karen, the trip is largely in the name of ____________.
(a) Making friends.
(b) Spending time with family.
(c) Relaxing.
(d) Research.

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.
(a) Certain authority.
(b) A Vodou spirit.
(c) Bad luck.
(d) The American police force.

4. Azaka offers the rest of his altar food to his guests, doles out messages to the individual guests and instructs them how to do what?
(a) Live their lives
(b) Dismantle his altar.
(c) Worship him.
(d) Pay for his services.

5. When "Sina," as Macena calls her, becomes pregnant, Mauvant and the men from the community do what?
(a) Put him in jail.
(b) Force him to marry Sina.
(c) Kick him out.
(d) Build him a hut in the compound.

Short Answer Questions

1. Alourdes' mother, Philomise, is the _________ child born to them.

2. What happens to Sina shortly after this?

3. Mauvant dresses and assumes his usual post where?

4. Kouzinn is _____________, a trade that is key to the survival for the poor women of Haiti.

5. How old is Joseph Binbin Mauvant?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. What is it like being a manbo? How does Alourdes feel about this?

8. How is Marie Claire significant?

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

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

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