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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. Alourdes calls who to help her daughter?
(a) Karen.
(b) The spirits.
(c) Her family.
(d) Her ancestors.

2. 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) For the sake of balance.
(c) For the sake of honor.
(d) So he will not be lonely.

3. He represents the idea that Haitians must connect to what, while shedding their skin and recreating themselves as needed?
(a) Their lost African roots.
(b) Their lost spiritual guides.
(c) Their lost culture.
(d) Their lost family members.

4. What happens to a person who catches a glimpse of her beneath the water that reaches out to touch her?
(a) He or she is blinded.
(b) He or she goes deaf.
(c) He or she loses his or her mind.
(d) He or she is taken under the water and drowned.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Each of these spirits exists in close relation to one another and, when considered as a group, are able to quite accurately paint a portrait of whom?

2. 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?

3. Rapelle is told in the dream that she will be able to do what?

4. What does this spirit love?

5. Alourdes maintains that there is only one God, and one set of spirits, but different kinds of people in different kinds of religions do what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

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