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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. Four Tonton Macoutes arrive at the foot of Brown's driveway in a Cadillac. What does the leader do after drawing his gun?
(a) Threatens Madame Philipot.
(b) Smashes the windows of the hearse.
(c) Fires several shots into the trees.
(d) Waves it in the faces of the people around him.

2. When the passengers aboard the Medea have a night of entertainment, what is the first event?
(a) A song performance.
(b) A kitchen orchestra.
(c) A dance performance.
(d) Three magic tricks.

3. Because Mere Catherine has no Coca-Cola, what does she give Brown to drink with his rum?
(a) Nothing.
(b) Root beer.
(c) Orange juice.
(d) Seven-Up.

4. When the Smiths first arrive at the Hotel Trianon, what does Mr. Smith think of the body crouched in the pool?
(a) He thinks it is a sleeping beggar.
(b) He is offended and demands immediate burial.
(c) He covers Mrs. Smith's eyes so she will not see.
(d) He thinks the death is horrible.

5. As Doctor Magiot and Brown are talking, Petit Pierre arrives. Why does he come?
(a) He wants news of Jones.
(b) To spy on Brown.
(c) He is suspicious of Doctor Magiot.
(d) To warn Brown.

Short Answer Questions

1. On Brown's property, what does Dr. Philipot do?

2. At the embassy, Brown meets Doctor Philipot's nephew. Who is this man?

3. What does the purser do with his "French letters"?

4. What is the name of the Tonton Macoute who begins speaking to Brown?

5. What is the one meal Jones eats in jail?

Short Essay Questions

1. Martha and Brown rendezvous for the first time in her car by the Columbus statue. What is the nature of this meeting and how does it set the tone for their relationship?

2. In Part 1, Chapter 3, why does Brown tell the story of his lost virginity? How does his youthful past tie into his present relationship?

3. After Philipot's body is removed from the pool, Joseph cleans the pool so Mr. Smith can swim. Mr. Smith passes very close to where the body had crouched, and Brown cringes to think of the two scenarios. How is this, in a succinct fashion, an indication of the story?

4. In his mother's desk, Brown finds a disk which Doctor Magiot recognizes as a medal of the resistance. What does this reveal about his mother?

5. Throughout Chapter 1 of Part 1, the captain advises people to stay in touch with their respective consulates. Why is this, and how does it set the tone of the book?

6. Once again, in Part 1, Chapter 4, Brown is asked to look out for Jones and any suspicious activity he may be involved in. How is this instance similar to the first? How does it differ? What changes might be attributed to a greater understanding of Jones's character?

7. Doctor Magiot asserts, in a conversation with Brown, "No, I don't despair, I don't believe in despair, but our problems won't be solved by the Marines. . . . We are an evil slum floating a few miles from Florida, and no American will help us with arms or money or counsel" (p. 222). Is this a fair view of the situation? What might lead the doctor to believe this?

8. Brown spends approximately one day in the Dominican Republic as he tries to get money and an exit visa. How does this country differ from Haiti? What changes does Brown note in the people, attitudes, buildings, and scenery?

9. What is the purpose of the night of entertainment aboard the ship, in Part 1, Chapter 1?

10. In Chapter 1 of Part 1, Brown and Jones meet as Jones is attempting to bribe the steward to switch their rooms. How is this first scene indicative of Jones's character?

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