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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Mama Lola discover information through her sister-in-law?

2. Unfortunately, Fouchard's plan all along is to do what?

3. Fouchard feeds Sina and gives her a place to rest whenever she comes to town to sell her goods at the market. Why does Fouchard do this?

4. Who is Manman Marasa?

5. Sina is strong and has saved money from what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Marie Claire significant?

2. Describe Vodou rituals and ceremonies as a whole. Give an example from this chapter that supports this.

3. What does this chapter reveal about the Mauvant family and life in Haiti and in the Mauvant family compound?

4. How might oral traditions be difficult for the reader?

5. How does one feel regarding Karen? Is it easy to sympathize with her? Why or why not?

6. How is Mama Lola affected by the needs of these spirits? What are the end results of her actions?

7. Describe a metaphor that can be found in this chapter. How is this interesting?

8. What all-important concept is discussed in this chapter? Give an example.

9. What is Alourdes' purpose for arranging the 'manje pov?'

10. Compare Azaka to Joseph Binbin Mauvant.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The life of a Manbo is difficult.

Part 1) Describe the life of a manbo. How is it a part of Alourdes' family history? How has it affected her family? Is this good or bad? Why?

Part 2) How has the role of the manbo become increasingly necessary in Haitian culture? How does this affect Alourdes and other manbos? What does this also do to Vodou and its importance in Haitian culture?

Part 3) How have changes in our own culture led to more or less emphasis on religion? How is this seen in other cultures as well?

Essay Topic 2

Dreams are important in Vodou culture.

Part 1) Describe the dreams that are discussed in this book. How are they tied to Haitian Vodou culture? How are these dreams important in this culture?

Part 2) Are dreams important in our own culture? Why or why not? How does a Western interpretation of dreams compare to that of a Vodou interpretation? Why?

Part 3) What types of dreams are important to Americans? Why is this type of dreaming compare to the dreams one has during sleep? What does this reveal about our culture?

Essay Topic 3

Ezili represents the many facets of womankind.

Part 1) Who is Ezili? Describe the many forms of Ezili. Why is this significant in Haitian culture? What does it reveal about Haitian women?

Part 2) With which Ezili do you most relate? Why? Who in our own culture might represent the same type of woman as this Ezili?

Part 3) What women in our own culture best represent American women? Why? Are these the same women the American media promotes? Why or why not?

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