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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. Maggie tells the story of losing a ___________ (an important item in Vodou initiation rituals.) while in Haiti.
(a) Pe-tot.
(b) Po-tet.
(c) Pi-tet.
(d) Pa-tat.

2. Alourdes remembers whose birth?
(a) Her own.
(b) The spirits'.
(c) Karen's.
(d) Maggie's.

3. She was born by cesarean section weighing a record ______ pounds.
(a) 16.
(b) 17.
(c) 14.
(d) 15.

4. We learn that the main focus of Alourdes' healing energy is directed at what?
(a) The people who live on this land.
(b) Her family.
(c) The spirits on the land.
(d) The deeper issues that are uncovered during the course of her treatment.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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.

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

3. The first is a _____________ in order to dislodge the spirits in one's head.

4. What does the spirit do to Philo?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the purpose of the Ezili spirits?

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

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

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. How is the similarity described in number 45 significant?

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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