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

2. Healers such as Alourdes are specialists who are for hire in order to do what?
(a) Bring peace to all Haitians.
(b) Make the spirits happy.
(c) Assist in the labor required to orchestrate good luck.
(d) Talk to the spirits.

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

4. What does Karen decide?
(a) She wants to study it.
(b) She wants to sponsor them.
(c) She wants to view it.
(d) She wants to do it.

5. This chapter is a story about the life of Alourdes' ______________, Philomise.
(a) Daughter.
(b) Mother.
(c) Sister.
(d) Brother.

Short Answer Questions

1. It is explained to these four that after the initiation, Alourdes will be what?

2. This spirit is never satisfied, always craving more ____________________.

3. In the year ___________, both Maggie and Alourdes are confronted with the question--who are my people?

4. The spirit, __________, comes to her in a dream.

5. What does this spirit tell her?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How has Alourdes been like Ezili?

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

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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