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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. They are made to understand that they cannot reveal exactly what occurs in the initiation chamber; to do so is to cause what?
(a) Destruction of the family.
(b) Your own death.
(c) The separation of the initiate from the spirits.
(d) The end of Vodou.

2. First, upon arrival in Haiti, the group visits _______________ where a ritual cleansing is performed.
(a) The church.
(b) The cemetery.
(c) The hall.
(d) The home.

3. All four successfully survive the initiation. The story jumps to some years later in Alourdes' Brooklyn basement where the three surviving siblings of the initiation are doing what?
(a) Missing Maggie, who is killed in the spring of 1987.
(b) Missing May, who is killed in the spring of 1987.
(c) Missing Mimose, who is killed in the spring of 1987.
(d) Missing Miracle, who is killed in the spring of 1987.

4. This chapter opens with Alourdes, Karen and a Jamaican woman named Mabel traveling to Jamaica and then onto Haiti in January of _________.
(a) 1980.
(b) 1978.
(c) 1990.
(d) 1985.

5. All Vodou lwa are represented by what?
(a) A Catholic saint.
(b) The Apostles.
(c) Hindu gods.
(d) Buddha.

Short Answer Questions

1. In this chapter, Alourdes, Maggie, Karen, Big Daddy and Maggie's children arrive at Karen's new ______________ apartment in Manhattan.

2. Maggie is hospitalized with what?

3. Alourdes and Maggie have the responsibility of keeping the women of this line, Sina, Philo and beyond, as well as the family spirits, alive with what?

4. The spirit Papa Danbala is very _________, so when he "mounts" his horse, or manbo, in the possession-performance, he utters sounds only and does not speak.

5. _________________ is a white woman.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is significant about Karen's marriage to Papa Danbala?

2. What does this chapter reiterate about the responsibility of serving the spirits?

3. 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?

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

5. How does Philo feel about Alourdes? Why might she feel this way?

6. How do each of the four initiates handle the initiation rites? Who handles it the best?

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

8. How is the similarity described in number 45 significant?

9. What similarity exists between Marie Claire and Maggie?

10. What is Alourdes' main role in Vodou? Describe her actions in this role. Why does she act this way?

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