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

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

3. All four successfully survive the initiation. The story jumps to some years later in Alourdes' Brooklyn basement where the three surviving siblings of the initiation are doing what?
(a) Missing Mimose, who is killed in the spring of 1987.
(b) Missing May, who is killed in the spring of 1987.
(c) Missing Miracle, who is killed in the spring of 1987.
(d) Missing Maggie, who is killed in the spring of 1987.

4. First, upon arrival in Haiti, the group visits _______________ where a ritual cleansing is performed.
(a) The church.
(b) The hall.
(c) The cemetery.
(d) The home.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does this spirit love?

2. Danbala operates from the territory of ______________, asking questions.

3. Each of these women represents a generational link in a chain that, if broken, will cause what to happen to future generations?

4. Why is this Karen's decision?

5. What does the spirit do to Philo?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the purpose of the Ezili spirits?

5. What similarity exists between Marie Claire and Maggie?

6. 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?

7. What is significant about Karen's marriage to Papa Danbala?

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

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

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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