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

2. 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 knows that these favors will oblige Sina to her.
(b) She is a kind woman.
(c) She is Sina's aunt.
(d) She cares for Sina.

3. What did Maggie explain to Karen?
(a) Azaka is praising her.
(b) Azaka is speaking to her.
(c) Azaka is ignoring her.
(d) Azaka is punishing her.

4. Mama Lola travels to ___________ from Haiti and falls very ill.
(a) America.
(b) France.
(c) Cuba.
(d) Spain.

5. Before long, Macena discovers her whereabouts and does what?
(a) Kicks her out of her new home.
(b) Ignores her.
(c) Comes to live with her.
(d) Robs her.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Sina decide to "give" Philo, her baby, to Madame Fouchard?

2. What is the beaded rattle used to leverage the spirit world?

3. The journey into rural Haiti is ____________ one.

4. 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.

5. Where is this town located?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is oral tradition important in this culture?

2. 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?

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

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

5. What do most Americans think of "voodoo?"

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

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