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

2. At the end of the blessing, Alourdes mentions to Karen that Maggie is going to __________ (undergo the ritual initiation into Vodou) in July.
(a) 'Kache.'
(b) 'Kitche.'
(c) 'Kouche.'
(d) 'Koche.'

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

4. When Karen decides to marry Papa Ogou, Alourdes tells her that she must also marry Papa Danbala. Why?
(a) So he will not be lonely.
(b) For the sake of honor.
(c) For the sake of balance.
(d) So she may have two husbands.

5. Why must this be dislodged?
(a) It is pressing on her brain stem.
(b) It is blocking a major artery.
(c) It has become imbedded.
(d) It is growing larger.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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.

2. Each of these spirits exists in close relation to one another and, when considered as a group, are able to quite accurately paint a portrait of whom?

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?

4. Back to the present time in the hospital, Maggie is undergoing a procedure where what must be dislodged?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. 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?

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

7. What similarity exists between Marie Claire and Maggie?

8. What is one of the best stories in this chapter? Why?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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