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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. Part 3, Chapter 1 opens with a dream that Brown has. What is this dream?
(a) His mother is again lying in her bed, deathly ill.
(b) The priest will not give him communion at church.
(c) Martha has locked him in his own house with Angel.
(d) Joseph comes back with no legs but moves faster than before.

2. Why does Jones want a business partner in the venture he is planning?
(a) To manage the financial side while he arranges the business contacts.
(b) To take over when he retires.
(c) To watch things while he travels.
(d) To assist him with the planning.

3. What day do Brown and Jones leave town?
(a) Monday.
(b) Sunday.
(c) Thursday.
(d) Tuesday.

4. What is Jones's opinion about swindling the educated people?
(a) The educated are too suspicious.
(b) It is always easier.
(c) It only works if you are very lucky.
(d) It is too difficult to risk.

5. Why is it safe for Brown to leave the cemetery, but not Jones?
(a) Being a white man, he blends into the general populace.
(b) His one-day pass is still valid.
(c) He has an alibi with the smashed car.
(d) People recognize him in that area.

Short Answer Questions

1. What revelation does Jones give Brown about his love life?

2. Where is Jones forced to hide when Haitian police officers enter the ship?

3. How does the captain intimidate the police officer who came onboard the ship?

4. While the Tonton Macoutes are ransacking the hotel, what is Brown most afraid of?

5. When Brown, Smith, and the Secretary for Social Welfare arrive at Duvalierville, who is the only person in sight?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Jones and Brown board the Medea so Jones can ask for asylum, Brown describes the ship's captain like a judge. What is the effect of this appearance? Is this the first time a judge figure has appeared in the book? How does this contrast to Haitian culture?

2. Young Philipot, who visits Brown while he is swimming one early afternoon, is consumed with the idea of owning a Bren gun and fighting Papa Doc's army with it. In his idealism, what other character does he resemble and why?

3. The night before he takes Jones out of Port-au-Prince, Brown wanders through his empty hotel. What does it reveal to the reader about Brown's personality? What is the effect of this scene?

4. At the end of Part 2, Chapter 1, Brown comes to a realization about himself. What is this realization? How does it change the reader's understanding of him? How does it fit with his wandering to the casino and then to the Medea, talking with the purser?

5. When Brown attends the Voodoo ceremony with Joseph, several white-wrapped bodies are held close to the flame so that the skin burns. What is the effect of this scene? What is its possible antecedent?

6. Why do the Smiths change their minds about opening a vegetarian center? How does the Secretary for Social Welfare misunderstand Mr. Smith?

7. Brown feels that the happiest moment he spent with Martha was when they lay outside on the grass, talking. How does this compare to his initial feelings about the relationship? What does this moment portend about the future of their relationship?

8. When Brown's car breaks down on the road, he and Jones take refuge in a cemetery until the morning. How does this fit their time in Haiti? How does it portend what is to come?

9. From even their first meeting, Brown hesitates to address Jones as "Major Jones." How does this begin to explain Jones's character? How does it prepare the reader for the revelation that Jones has never even seen a man die?

10. What is the purpose of the Tonton Macoutes' visit to Brown at six o'clock in the morning? Do they expect to find anyone?

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