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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. There are ___________ levels of initiation into Vodou.
(a) Three.
(b) Two.
(c) Four.
(d) Five.

2. The prefix of the word Danbala is Da, meaning ___________.
(a) Healer.
(b) Seeker.
(c) Snake-like.
(d) Teacher.

3. After losing this, she subsequently had a dream of what?
(a) Losing her daughter.
(b) Being pursued by the spirits and meeting them with resistance.
(c) Looking for the spirits.
(d) Snakes.

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

5. 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.
(a) Religion.
(b) Hinduism.
(c) Catholicism.
(d) Buddhism.

Short Answer Questions

1. Alourdes, Mabel and Karen travel to a large _______________ in Kingston where Alourdes is to "treat" a parcel of land the owner needs to sell.

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

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

4. This chapter opens with Alourdes, Karen and a Jamaican woman named Mabel traveling to Jamaica and then onto Haiti in January of _________.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do all the women in this family have in common?

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

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

5. How has Alourdes been like Ezili?

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

7. What does this chapter reiterate about the responsibility of serving the spirits?

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

9. What is the purpose of the Ezili spirits?

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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