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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. Maggie tells the story of losing a ___________ (an important item in Vodou initiation rituals.) while in Haiti.
(a) Pi-tet.
(b) Pe-tot.
(c) Pa-tat.
(d) Po-tet.

2. ____________________ when she agrees to return to her family land in Jean Rabel to give a feast for the family spirits.
(a) Her voice is restored.
(b) Her hearing is restored.
(c) Her sight is restored.
(d) Her health is restored.

3. Alourdes maintains that there is only one God, and one set of spirits, but different kinds of people in different kinds of religions do what?
(a) Do not believe in them.
(b) Forget to worship them.
(c) Give them different names.
(d) Create their own gods and spirits.

4. In this chapter, Alourdes, Maggie, Karen, Big Daddy and Maggie's children arrive at Karen's new ______________ apartment in Manhattan.
(a) TriBeCa.
(b) Lower East Side.
(c) West Village.
(d) Chelsea.

5. In time, the two become friends, and she tells him what story?
(a) Of how she first came to Haiti.
(b) Of how she became a Haitian.
(c) Of how she began her work in treating people.
(d) Of how she began studying Vodou.

Short Answer Questions

1. This spirit goes absolutely wildly out of control at the sight of ______________.

2. What happens to a person who catches a glimpse of her beneath the water that reaches out to touch her?

3. This chapter opens with Alourdes, Karen and a Jamaican woman named Mabel traveling to Jamaica and then onto Haiti in January of _________.

4. What will they be forever?

5. The litany of spirits and the litany of ancestral rite would be impossible to maintain in the realm of _________________ where the human and the divine are forbidden to mix.

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Philo's plans for Alourdes, prior to her birth? How does this plan change?

2. What is the purpose of the Ezili spirits?

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

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

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

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

7. How is myth important in Alourdes' life of Vodou?

8. What is learned about the choices made regarding the women in this culture?

9. What is Alourdes' response regarding Catholic priests? What does this reveal about Haitians?

10. Compare the focus on morality and sexuality in the Vodou culture as compared the many people in America? How do these differences affect many Americans' views of Vodou?

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