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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. They are made to understand that they cannot reveal exactly what occurs in the initiation chamber; to do so is to cause what?
(a) Your own death.
(b) Destruction of the family.
(c) The separation of the initiate from the spirits.
(d) The end of Vodou.

2. It is explained to these four that after the initiation, Alourdes will be what?
(a) Their Vodou leader.
(b) Their Vodou mother.
(c) Their Vodou spirit.
(d) Their Vodou sister.

3. ______________ is the mother, the one who bears the children.
(a) Ezili Lasyrenn.
(b) Ezili Freda.
(c) Ezili Asrial.
(d) Ezili Danto.

4. What does this spirit love?
(a) Teaching others.
(b) Children.
(c) Fine clothes and jewelry and French perfume.
(d) All men.

5. Philo discovers she is pregnant and does everything she can think of to miscarry, as another mouth to feed is the last thing she needs. The spirit __________________ comes to her in a dream and tells her to stop trying to kill her baby.
(a) Lady of Guadeloupe.
(b) Lady of the Sea.
(c) Lady of the Snows.
(d) Lady of Lourdes.

Short Answer Questions

1. What will they be forever?

2. 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?

3. Alourdes tells the story of a potential client who is a member of a devil-worship group, and she explains that she is a ______________.

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

5. It is noted that what was removed at the same time?

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

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

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

5. Why do the initiates do the answer to number 55 in the cemetery?

6. How has Alourdes been like Ezili?

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

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

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

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

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