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

2. In the year ___________, both Maggie and Alourdes are confronted with the question--who are my people?
(a) 1984.
(b) 1982.
(c) 1981.
(d) 1983.

3. When he finds her, she repeatedly refuses service to him. Why?
(a) She does not believe she is capable of helping him.
(b) She does not want to help him.
(c) The spirits have not come to her to explain how to treat the boy.
(d) She does not trust him.

4. What does Alourdes ask Karen?
(a) If she would like to research initiation.
(b) If she would like to watch the ritual initiation.
(c) If she would like to sponsor those going to be initiated.
(d) If she would like to undergo the ritual initiation as well.

5. When Karen decides to marry Papa Ogou, Alourdes tells her that she must also marry Papa Danbala. Why?
(a) So she may have two husbands.
(b) So he will not be lonely.
(c) For the sake of balance.
(d) For the sake of honor.

Short Answer Questions

1. Maggie tells the story of losing a ___________ (an important item in Vodou initiation rituals.) while in Haiti.

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

3. The spirit, __________, comes to her in a dream.

4. Gede's domination of the realm of death is reflective of a time when males held the power in Haitian families, and this is not the case any longer. In consequence, and in showing how flexible and ever-evolving the culture of Vodou is, a strong female version of Gede is slowly emerging, whose name is _____________.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How has Alourdes been like Ezili?

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

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

7. What similarity exists between Marie Claire and Maggie?

8. What is Alourdes' main role in Vodou? Describe her actions in this role. Why does she act this way?

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

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

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