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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. We learn that the main focus of Alourdes' healing energy is directed at what?
(a) Her family.
(b) The people who live on this land.
(c) The deeper issues that are uncovered during the course of her treatment.
(d) The spirits on the land.

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

3. What happens to a person who catches a glimpse of her beneath the water that reaches out to touch her?
(a) He or she loses his or her mind.
(b) He or she is blinded.
(c) He or she goes deaf.
(d) He or she is taken under the water and drowned.

4. Alourdes, Mabel and Karen travel to a large _______________ in Kingston where Alourdes is to "treat" a parcel of land the owner needs to sell.
(a) Home.
(b) Factory.
(c) Christmas tree farm.
(d) Dairy farm.

5. 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?
(a) Their memories.
(b) Prayers.
(c) Stories.
(d) Ritual feeding.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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.

2. During this procedure, she dreams of ____________ that makes her swear she will take the ason. She does swear it, and the medical procedure is a success.

3. What does the spirit do to Philo?

4. 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.

5. Why is this Karen's decision?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What similarity exists between Marie Claire and Maggie?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is the purpose of the Ezili spirits?

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

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

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