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

2. When Brown returns to his hotel in Santo Domingo, what does he find on his pillow?
(a) A letter from Joseph.
(b) Money from Mr. Smith
(c) A note from Martha.
(d) A letter from Doctor Magiot.

3. What beverage do the Smiths drink most often while onboard the ship?
(a) Coca-Cola.
(b) Orange juice.
(c) Water.
(d) Rum.

4. After many years of silence, Brown received a message from his mother. What did the message say?
(a) She would like to see him if he ever came to Haiti.
(b) She was traveling to England and would like to see him.
(c) She was slowly dying.
(d) She had bought some property that she would like him to see.

5. What do the Tonton Macoutes do with the coffin?
(a) Put it in the Cadillac trunk and tie it with rope.
(b) Push it off the edge of the cliff so it falls into the sea.
(c) Heave it into the undergrowth.
(d) Bury it in a secret grave.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Brown and Doctor Magiot do with Philipot's body during the night?

2. Where did Brown and Martha first meet each other?

3. Why, according to Philipot, did Jones die?

4. When Brown arrived for the first time at the Hotel Trianon in Haiti, who was with his mother?

5. What is the supposed reason for Jones's arrest when he attempts to pass through customs?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Brown's first notice from his mother comes in the form of two sentences written on a postcard. How is this indicative of his relationship with her? What does this postcard tell the reader about her pride?

3. Doctor Magiot's funeral oration for Philipot consists mostly of the consolation that he died a natural death, which is to say he was not murdered. Considering the political environment, is this a compliment? What about the dead man's sense of mathematics?

4. When Brown and Mr. Smith visit the Secretary of State, hoping to free Jones, how is Brown successful? Why is Mr. Smith's bluntness ineffective?

5. Throughout Part 1, Chapter 4, the reader sees an interplay of men in power. How does this affect the story? In this situation, does power have meaning?

6. 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?

7. In Part 1, Chapter 2, how is Brown and Martha's relationship portrayed? What is the irony of their situation?

8. 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?

9. When Captain Concasseur returns to Haiti, his single goal is to catch Jones. How is this fitting to Jones's character? What about to the character of Haitian politics?

10. In Part 1, Chapter 5, the small funeral entourage that drives to Petionville to bury Doctor Philipot is in a great hurry. Why is this? How does this tie in with the doctor's death?

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