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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) The people who live on this land.
(b) The deeper issues that are uncovered during the course of her treatment.
(c) Her family.
(d) The spirits on the land.

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

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

4. The first is a _____________ in order to dislodge the spirits in one's head.
(a) Head washing.
(b) Head cleansing.
(c) Head holding.
(d) Head healing.

5. Back to the present time in the hospital, Maggie is undergoing a procedure where what must be dislodged?
(a) The cancer.
(b) The tumor.
(c) The tube in her stomach into which her fluids are draining.
(d) A growth.

Short Answer Questions

1. Healers such as Alourdes are specialists who are for hire in order to do what?

2. They are made to understand that they cannot reveal exactly what occurs in the initiation chamber; to do so is to cause what?

3. In time, the two become friends, and she tells him what story?

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

5. Clement Rapelle, a Haitian man, dreams about a woman named Philomise who lives in a compound called _____________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What similarity exists between Marie Claire and Maggie?

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

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

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

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. 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?

9. How has Alourdes been like Ezili?

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

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