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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. This chapter opens with Alourdes, Karen and a Jamaican woman named Mabel traveling to Jamaica and then onto Haiti in January of _________.
(a) 1978.
(b) 1980.
(c) 1985.
(d) 1990.

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

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

4. This mothering spirit is tough and strict and sometimes very ____________.
(a) Slow.
(b) Violent.
(c) Cold.
(d) Quiet.

5. 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.
(a) A mermaid.
(b) A saint.
(c) A giant cobra.
(d) A bear.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does this spirit tell her?

2. This chapter is about the female spirits who belong to the grouping known as ____________.

3. She was born by cesarean section weighing a record ______ pounds.

4. Where does Papa Gede live?

5. She is seen as the image of what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How has Alourdes been like Ezili?

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

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