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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 and Maggie have the responsibility of keeping the women of this line, Sina, Philo and beyond, as well as the family spirits, alive with what?
(a) Stories.
(b) Prayers.
(c) Their memories.
(d) Ritual feeding.

2. Clement Rapelle, a Haitian man, dreams about a woman named Philomise who lives in a compound called _____________________.
(a) Seventh Heaven.
(b) Seven Stabs of the Knife.
(c) Seven Pennies from Heaven.
(d) Seven Deadly Sins.

3. All Vodou lwa are represented by what?
(a) A Catholic saint.
(b) The Apostles.
(c) Buddha.
(d) Hindu gods.

4. According to the Vodou philosophy, the world is a precarious place, and it is naïve to think what?
(a) That one can navigate their life without God.
(b) That one can navigate their life without money.
(c) That one can navigate their life without the labor required to usher in good luck and stave off bad luck.
(d) That one can navigate their life without family.

5. Where does Papa Gede live?
(a) In the sky.
(b) In the church.
(c) In the cemetery.
(d) In the water.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the end of the blessing, Alourdes mentions to Karen that Maggie is going to __________ (undergo the ritual initiation into Vodou) in July.

2. What does this spirit love?

3. 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 _____________.

4. Philo catches the black fever plaguing Haiti. During her recovery, Ageou visits Philo in a dream and tells her what?

5. She is seen as the image of what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What similarity exists between Marie Claire and Maggie?

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

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

5. What is one of the best stories in this chapter? Why?

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

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

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

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

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

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