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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. What does Alourdes ask Karen?
2. He represents the idea that Haitians must connect to what, while shedding their skin and recreating themselves as needed?
3. In the year ___________, both Maggie and Alourdes are confronted with the question--who are my people?
4. Why is this Karen's decision?
5. Alourdes has been hired to do some healing work for a woman in Kingston, as well as for Mabel's son. In Kingston, they meet _______________ who is devoutly attached to her Bible.
Short Essay Questions
1. What are Philo's plans for Alourdes, prior to her birth? How does this plan change?
2. What is one of the best stories in this chapter? Why?
3. What do all the women in this family have in common?
4. How has Alourdes been like Ezili?
5. What is learned about the choices made regarding the women in this culture?
6. Who is important in this chapter? Why is she important in comparison to Alourdes?
7. What is the purpose of the Ezili spirits?
8. How does Philo feel about Alourdes? Why might she feel this way?
9. 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?
10. What similarity exists between Marie Claire and Maggie?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
There are many short, fictitious stories in this book.
Part 1) Describe two of these short stories. How is each important to the book? What do they each reveal about Haiti, Alourdes' family, and/or Vodou?
Part 2) How are these stories representatives of Haiti's oral tradition? Why is oral history so important to Alourdes' culture? How are the people of Haiti influenced by stories such as these?
Part 3) How is oral history important to other cultures around the world? How is it also a part of American culture? Why might fictitious stories be universal? Why are they created by humans?
Essay Topic 2
The truth about Vodou is told in this book.
Part 1) Summarize Vodouism. What are the truths about Vodouism? How do these truths compare to your initial thoughts about Vodou?
Part 2) How does Vodouism compare to other religions? What are the reasons for these similarities and differences?
Part 3) How has your opinion and knowledge of Vodou changed throughout the course of this book? How might this influence your opinions of other religions and beliefs?
Essay Topic 3
The roles of men and women are very different in Haitian culture.
Part 1) Describe the roles of men and women in Haitian culture. How are these roles revealed throughout this book? How is Vodou connected to these roles?
Part 2) How does this explain and reinforce the strength of the women in Alourdes' family? How might it also play a part in drawing Karen into Haitian and Vodou culture?
Part 3) What are the roles of men and women in your own culture? How have these roles come about? How do they compare to the roles in Haitian culture?
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