Questions based on Ol’ Higue


1.       What image of Ol’ Higue does the poet present in stanza one?
2.       What complaint does Ol’ Higue make in stanza one? Quote the expressions which support your answer.
3a.        Why would Ol’ Higue be “Burning like a cane fire”?
3b.      Why does she have to count a thousand grains?
4.       Why is the blood of babies attractive to Ol’ Higue?
5.       How and when does she perform her “blood-sucking” task?
6.       Give one reason why Ol’ Higue would love women giving birth.
7.       Do you consider Ol’ Higue a mysterious character?
8.       What feeling does Ol’ Higue evoke in you as you read the poem?