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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. It is noted that what was removed at the same time?
(a) The fetus of a partially formed twin sister.
(b) Her uterus.
(c) Her ovaries.
(d) The fetus of a partially formed twin brother.

2. The spirit, __________, comes to her in a dream.
(a) Auge.
(b) Ago.
(c) Ageou.
(d) Ague.

3. Rapelle is told in the dream that she will be able to do what?
(a) Protect his son.
(b) Help him find his son.
(c) Give him a son.
(d) Help to cure his ailing son.

4. According to the Vodou philosophy, the world is a precarious place, and it is naïve to think what?
(a) That one can navigate their life without the labor required to usher in good luck and stave off bad luck.
(b) That one can navigate their life without money.
(c) That one can navigate their life without family.
(d) That one can navigate their life without God.

5. When he finds her, she repeatedly refuses service to him. Why?
(a) She does not trust him.
(b) The spirits have not come to her to explain how to treat the boy.
(c) She does not want to help him.
(d) She does not believe she is capable of helping him.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Philo not want to do?

2. In July of 1981, they travel to Haiti and meet up with a Haitian woman named ____________ who will undergo the initiation as well.

3. The prefix of the word Danbala is Da, meaning ___________.

4. After losing this, she subsequently had a dream of what?

5. Alourdes has been hired to do some healing work for a woman in Kingston, as well as for Mabel's son. In Kingston, they meet _______________ who is devoutly attached to her Bible.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the purpose of the Ezili spirits?

4. What understanding does this chapter give us regarding Alourdes and her daughter?

5. 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?

6. What is learned about participating in the initiation rite?

7. 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?

8. Who is important in this chapter? Why is she important in comparison to Alourdes?

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

10. What do the initiates have to do in the cemetery?

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