International Certification
for Natural Henna Arts

A Voluntary Peer Review Certification Program for Henna Artists

Basic Henna Certification Exam
~Practice Examination~
Answer Key

Required Sections:
General Principles
Health and Safety
Ingredients in Henna Paste: General
Ingredients in Henna Paste: Monoterpene Alcohols and Essential Oils
How does Henna Stain Skin?
The Botany and Geography of Henna
Application Tools, Seals and Wraps
PPD “Black Henna"

Extra Credit Sections:
Related Body Arts
Henna and History
Henna and South Asian Culture
Henna and North African Culture
Henna and Middle Eastern Culture
Henna and Sephardic Jewish Culture
Henna Business in the US:

General Principles:

1) If  a henna artist takes money for henna work, that  henna artist should:
A) Keep records of income and expenses
B) Find out what local regulations are for vendors
C) Find out what local permits are required for a small business
D) Do all of the above
E) None of the above applies to the henna artist: henna is an art, not a business

2) Before a henna artist goes out to a job, the henna artist should:
A) Have patterns in their design book that they can actually do
B) Have a checklist of all the things necessary for a job, and check them
C) Arrive on time, sober, and ready to work
D) All of the above are true
E) None of the above applies to henna artists, because artists are creative, and those things ruin creativity

3) Before a henna artist starts taking money for henna work, the henna artist should:
A) Practice on self, friends, and family until results are consistent and professional
B) Be able to improvise designs to suit clients rather than relying on stencils
C) Have some understanding of the history and traditions of henna so as to not offend clients from different cultures.
D) All of the above are true
E) None of the above applies to henna artists, because artists are intuitive and sensitive, and those things would spoil their spontaneity

4) Henna is used:
A) For family celebrations
B) For religious holidays
C) For weddings
D) For all of the above and many more occasions

5) Henna traditions:
A) Are from many countries in North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia
B) Exist for many different celebrations of life, from birth to death
C) Are practiced by people of all shades of skin
D) All of the above are true
E) Only come from one country

6) Every henna artist:
A) Puts a stain on someone’s skin that will last for 3 weeks, and owes a responsibility to that person to make certain the pattern is beautiful and will not harm them
B) Has magical powers
C) Is a wimp; otherwise they’d be doing REAL tattoos
D) Just wants easy money

7) Henna is:
A) Something you can smoke to get high
B) One of the safest substances you can apply to skin, with an extremely low rate of sensitization
C) A plant that grows only in India
D) All of the above

8) Henna was:
A) First discovered by Madonna in "Frozen"
B) First discovered by Fatima in Arabia
C) First discovered by Cleopatra in Egypt
D) Discovered in many different places independently across North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia in the millennia following the climate warming after the last Ice Age

Health and safety:

1) The henna paste least likely to cause skin irritation is made of:
A) Henna and rainwater
B) Henna and lemon juice
C) Henna, lemon juice and lavender oil
D) Pre-made henna paste from India

2) Some people, and some companies, add walnut powder to their henna for a fast, dark stain. Can someone have an allergic reaction to henna with walnut powder added?
A) Nobody is allergic to walnuts: they are natural and vegetarian
B) Henna will counteract the walnuts and make them safe
C) People who are allergic to walnuts may have a serious reaction to walnut powder on their skin
D) They will only have an allergic reaction if they eat the paste containing the walnut powder

3) Lemon juice can irritate the skin of a person who:
A) Is sensitive to citrus
B) A person with very thin, fragile skin
C) Is having henna applied to their genitals
D) All of the above

4) If a pregnant or nursing woman wants to have henna applied, you should:
A) Use only certified organic ingredients
B) Ask her to check with her doctor first, and give him a list of what you put in the henna paste
C) Work in a dark room lit only by candlelight so she will be relaxed
D) Not tell the woman what is in the henna paste, so she doesn’t worry

5) If you put coffee into your henna paste, your client may:
A) Have caffeine jitters
B) Hallucinate
C) Have nearly black henna stains
D) Have vivid red henna stains

6) Some people are allergic to henna and have:
A) Intense itching
B) Wheezing similar to an asthma attack
C) Onset of symptoms within 3 hours
D) All, or any of the above
E) This is a trick question; nobody is allergic to henna

7) If a client has intense itching the day after a henna application, you should:
A) Tell them to not scratch it because that will mess up the pattern
B) Give them a list of everything that’s in your henna paste and sealer, and advise them to go to their doctor if the symptoms persist or worsen
C) Tell them to put ice on the itch
D) Refuse to answer their emails; they’re just faking it

8) Can a person have an allergic reaction to stencils?
A) Yes, many people are allergic to the adhesives used to keep the stencils tight on the skin
B) No, though people break out in a stress reaction to really ugly henna
C) Only stencils from the USA cause problems because the US uses petrochemicals
D) Stencils from India are safe because they’re made for brides

9) Liquid latex is an effective seal for henna.  Liquid latex is:
A) A natural product, so it doesn’t hurt anybody
B) The best seal for ankles and places that bend
C) The best seal for hairy places
D) A substance that causes serious allergic reactions in some people

10) Bedouin women traditionally hennaed their infants. Hennaing infants is:
A) A safe and sacred tradition
B) Potentially life threatening for an infant
C) A safe way to welcome a child into the world
D) So blessed that nothing can go wrong

11) Henna can cause a life-threatening hyperbilirubinemia in children with a particular genetic problem. This genetic disorder is called:
A) G6PD deficiency
B) Phenylketonuria
C) Tays-Sachs Disease
D) Grave’s Disease

12) Unless you are certain a child does not have G6PD deficiency, you should not apply henna unless the child is in robust health and is at least:
A) 30 days old
B) 1 year old
C) 3 years old
D) 6 years old

13) If you henna over broken skin, a cut, or a scratch, it will:
A) Leave a permanent stain that looks like a blurred freckle
B) Make the cut heal faster
C) Not make any difference
D) Make the cut much worse

14) Henna has been demonstrated in published medical papers to be an effective cure for:
A) Ringworm in calves
B) Tuberculosis
C) Infertility
D) Depression

15) What contagious diseases can be passed from client to artist to more clients in an all-day henna gig?
A) Gryphoemia
C) Airborne diseases like colds and flu
D) Herpes

16) How can you deter contagious diseases from being passed from clients to the henna artist to more clients?
A) Wash or cleanse your hands between clients
B) Wipe the work area and tools between clients with rubbing alcohol or other disinfectant
C) Both of the above are useful
D) Burn incense
E) This is a trick question; you can’t catch a contagious disease by just being next to a person.

17) Can a blood-borne infection be passed between a henna artist, their tools, and a client?
A) Never
B) Yes, blood borne infections may be spread if the artist, tools, or client have contact with open wounds, genital fluids, or saliva
C) Yes, if the person looks really dirty
D) No, not if the artist wipes the tool on their sleeve between clients

Ingredients in Henna Paste:

1) Powdered henna can be stored without losing quality for a year if is stored:
A) Frozen in air tight, light proof containers
B) In a drawer in air and light tight containers
C) On a shelf in a glass jar
D) In the trunk of your car

2) Henna paste is usually mixed with a sour liquid:
A) To balance the feng shui
B) To facilitate dye release by breaking up the cellulose, while keeping the Lawsone molecule stable
C) Because grandmother always did it that way
D) To enhance the feminine energy

3) Henna paste is usually mixed with a sour liquid. A safe, suitable sour liquid would be:
A) A little baking soda mixed into strong tea
B) The liquid poured from100g dry sarcasm simmered in 1/2 liter of water
C) bottled grapefruit juice
D) any of the above

4) If you add sugar to the henna paste, it will:
A) Be stringy, and less likely to crack when drying
B) Be auspicious for a happy marriage
C) Be more feminine
D) Spoil the paste

5) What can you add to your henna paste make your henna more stringy?
A) Strained liquid from simmered okra
B) White glue
C) Latex
D) String

6) A sign that your henna paste is ready to use is:
A) The exposed surface of the paste is dried and crusty
B) The exposed surface of the paste is slightly browner than the greenish henna underneath
C) All the henna has turned dark brown
D) It has puffed up and become very warm and glossy

7) While waiting for dye release, henna paste should be kept:
A) Gently simmering in a double boiler, and stirred frequently
B) Frozen
C) Covered, in a warm place
D) Uncovered

8) If your environment is very hot, henna may release dye and demise quickly. To get good results in very hot weather:
A) Mix the henna with rainwater rather than lemon juice
B) Use the henna within 4 hours of mixing
C) Both of the above are appropriate in very hot conditions
D) Use extra sugar in the mix

Ingredients in Henna Paste:
Monoterpene Alcohols and Essential Oils

1) Monoterpene alcohols in henna paste may safely added in:
A) Unlimited quantities in henna paste for very dark stains
B) 1 to 4 proportion to the henna paste
C) Very small amounts, so no person has no more than a drop or two in their henna pattern
D) 1 to 8 proportion to the henna paste

2) Which oil, added to henna paste, will improve henna stains?
A) Physiotherapy grade olive oil
B) Aromatherapy grade diesel oil
C) Aromatherapy grade Cajeput essential oil
D) Culinary grade mustard oil

3) Which oil, rubbed onto the skin after henna is applied, will darken henna stains?
A) Extra virgin olive oil
B) Tea Tree essential oil
C) Industrial strength mustard oil
D) None of the above

4) Some people have reactions to essential oils in henna. These may appear as:
A) Tiny blisters at the site of the henna pattern
B) Generally itchy area at the henna pattern
C) Raised, red, hot and itchy area in the general area of the henna
D) All or any of the above

5) Some essential oils are photoxic.  A phototoxic EO is:
A) A substance that will make skin will photograph very badly
B) Something that will kill fireflies on contact.
C) The ingredient in sunscreens that protects the skin from sunburn
D) Something that makes skin hypersensitive to sunshine

6) Which essential oil, when added to the henna paste, will yield darker stains, and is not phototoxic:
A) Citronella oil
B) Lavender essential oil
C) Lime essential oil
D) Orange essential oil

7) Which of these will maximize henna stains but is dangerous to use on skin: 
A) Terpineol
B) Ethanol
C) Geraniol
D) Linalool

8) The monoterpene alcohols in “terps” are fragile and will deteriorate, and not help henna stain if:
A) They are not kept under 60F, or 15.5 C,  in a dark place
B) They are not kept in the manufacturer’s bottle
C) They are not kept in clear glass bottles
D) They lose their life force due to bad vibes

9) Terpenes are:
A) Turpentine
B) Something plants produce, like proteins and sugars
C) Terrapins
D) Only produced by the industrial-military complex

10) Monoterpene alcohols improve henna stains because:
A) Hydrophobic monoterpene alcohol molecules make more henna dye molecules available to stain the skin
B) They make the skin warmer
C) Henna dye is a hydrangea, and hydrangeas make darker henna stains
D) This is a trick question; monoterpene alcohols make henna stains worse

11) You should only use high quality aromatherapy grade essential oils as “terps” because:
A) Essential oils are not regulated by government and may have adulterants
B) Aromatherapy grade essential oils are most likely to have monoterpene alcohols preserved in processing
C) Both of the above are true
D) "Aromatherapy grade" essential oils are sacred

12) If henna paste tingles on a person’s skin, that may mean:
A) The person is sensitive to the terps in your henna. If the sensation becomes uncomfortable they should wash off the henna immediately
B) The stain is going to be very dark
C) Malevolent spirits are being driven out
D) The paste is too wet

13) Camphor essential oil added to the henna paste may:
A) Darken henna stains
B) May make your client nauseous
C) May make your client dizzy, and intoxicated
D) All of the above
E) None of the above

14) Mehndi oil often has:
A) Unlisted ingredients that can cause blistering on a person’s skin
B) Oils that will turn henna black
C) Healing herbs from the mountains of Karjackistan
D) Medicinal properties

How Does Henna Stain Skin?

1) Henna patterns stain what layer of your skin:
A) Stratum corneum
B) Stratus cumulus
C) Stratus nimbus
D) Stratum negrum

2) Henna colors skin because it :
A) Paints the surface of the skin
B) Is a pigment that colors the skin
C) Tattoos the skin
D) Has a dye molecule that breaches skin cells and binds with keratin

3) Henna stains on dark skin:
A) Do not show up because the henna stain is the same color as the skin
B) Show up as a combination of stain and skin color, as with any skin
C) Last for 6 months or more
D) Show up pale orange on dark skin

4) Henna stains darkest on:
A) Palms and soles
B) Upper arms and thighs
C) Backs and bellies
D) Forehead and chin

5) Oxidation helps the henna stain to darken. A henna stain will darken with:
A) Exposure to sugar and lemon juice
B) Exposure to water and lotions
C) Exposure to air (oxygen) and alkalines
D) Exposure to peroxide

6) Henna stains in on an elderly person are usually:
A) Lighter in color than on a young person because skin thins in the ageing process
B) Darker in color than on young person because skin thickens with age
C) The same in color as on a young person because skin is always the same
D) Of no concern because older people don’t use henna

7) Henna paste has a cooling effect on the body:
A) Because it relieves anxiety and stress
B) Because it has menthol
C) Because the moisture in the paste is evaporating
D) Because it is from hot countries

8) Henna clients often report that they find henna very relaxing.  This is because:
A) Mammals relax when they are gently touched in a mutual grooming experience
B) The monoterpene alcohols in henna make the client drunk
C) This is a trick question;  henna makes people jittery and irritable.
D) Henna has been proven in medical tests to have a strong sedative effect

9) If you rub an astringent on the skin before applying henna:
A) The henna may not stain as well
B) The henna will probably stain much better
C) The skin will relax and take henna better
D) You are recreating an ancient healing blessing

10) Henna stains fade out fastest on :
A) Palms and soles
B) Upper arms and thighs
C) Upper chest and neck
B) Backs and bellies

11) Henna stains may fade quickly on:
A) People who are in poor health, or who are on medication
B) People who go swimming frequently
C) People who exfoliate frequently
D) All of the above

12) If a henna artist rubs the client’s skin with massage oil before applying henna, it will:
A) Hydrate the skin making it more receptive to stain
B) Act as a barrier to the henna and may prevent a dark stain
C) Soften the skin
D) Help to darken the stain

13) Henna is a:
A) Sunblock
B) Cure for leprosy
C) Cure for smallpox
D) All of the above

14) If a person has sunscreen on when you start to henna, you should:
A) Compliment them on their good sense when going out in the sun
B) Clean the area you want to henna with rubbing alcohol (surgical spirits), or another astringent, to remove the sunscreen
C) Go ahead and henna, it won't make a difference
D) Clean the area to be hennaed with olive oil

15) For best henna results, you should prepare the skin to be hennaed. Which of the following is an effective skin preparation for the darkest stains possible:
A) Vigorous massage
B) Rinsing area in cool rosewater
C) Washing with hot water and soap
D) Mustard oil massage

16) There are many things that affect henna stains, even if the henna quality is very good. A person might have poor stains if:
A) That person is in poor health or on a medication that impairs henna stains
B) That person is fatigued and under great stress
C) That person is premenstrual
D) All or any of the above may adversely influence stain results
E) None of the above influence henna stain if the henna is good enough
17) Henna stains pure cherry red without darkening:
A) On some people's skin
B) If it is from Iran
C) If it is from India
D) If it is from Pakistan

18) How many days will a henna stain last?
A) Not more than 5 days, everywhere on the body
B) Not less than 14 days, everywhere on the body
C) Between 3 and 40 days, depending on where it is on the body
D) Between 9 days and a year, depending where it is on the body

16) If your client has very dark skin, you should:
A) Tell them henna won't show up on dark skin
B) Add plenty of of Bigen hair dye so the stain will show up
C) Do exactly the same things to get the maximum stain as you would on any other person
D) Add extra kerosene to the paste so the henna will show up

The Botany and Geography of Henna

1) The henna plant's botanical name is:
A) Lawsonia Inermis
B) Lawrence Arabiensis
C) Lawsonia Albania
D) This is a trick question; there are many names for henna because henna comes in many colors

2) High levels of Lawsone in henna are produced by:
A) Plentiful rainfall through the year
B) Heat and drought prior to rains
C) A very young henna plant
D) Frequent irrigation

3) Henna's dye molecule is called:
A) Mohlson
B) Lawsone
C) Larson
D) Lausanne

4) Henna is grown in:
A) India
B) Yemen
C) Iran
D) All of the above

5) Many companies who process henna powder "polish" their henna powder. "Polished henna" is:
A) Black henna
B) Very finely sifted henna
C) Henna that has had green dye added
D) Henna powder with glitter

Application Tools, Seals and Wraps

1) The best tool for a henna artist is:
A) A hand rolled cone because it gives the finest line
B) A syringe, because it makes the longest, straightest, fastest line
C) A jac bottle, because it’s the easiest to use
D) This is a trick question; no one tool is best for all situations or for all artists

2) You can make a transfer for a henna pattern with:
A) Crayon and paper
B) Carbon paper for pen and pencil, or tattoo transfer paper
C) Typewriter carbon Paper
D) Marking pen and tracing paper

3) A lemon/sugar mix can:
A) Only be removed with nail polish remover
B) Attract bees and stinging insects
C) Never be used by a diabetic
D) All of the above are true

4) Aerosol New Skin seal over dried henna patterns:
A) Should only be used in a well-ventilated area
B) Should be used on top of lemon/sugar
C) Should be used over wet henna patterns
D) Can be brewed at home from things in your kitchen

5) A white glue/water seal over dried henna patterns:
A) May be mixed with honey to improve texture
B) Should be applied in a thick coat, then dried slowly
C) Is very safe for skin
D) All of the above are true

6) A pump-spray super hold hair gel seal over dried henna patterns:
A) Is very safe for the skin
B) Must be applied sparingly to not blur the henna pattern
C) Must be dried quickly so the pattern does not blur or run
D) All of the above are true

7) A peel-off facial gel seal over dried henna patterns:
A) May pull loose if the skin flexes
B) Is very safe for skin
C) May be mixed with lemon sugar for extra stability
D) All of the above are true

8) A latex seal over dried henna patterns:
A) Is useful for torso patterns, because you can powder it, and put clothing back on over it
B) Is useful for genital patterns because latex is what condoms are made of
C) Is useful for hairy skin, because its easy to remove latex from hair
D) Is useful for flexing, bending skin because it stays perfectly in place

9) The best time to apply a sealant is:
A) When the paste is cracked and flaking off
B) When the paste is dry to the touch
C) When you finish applying the design
D) After the paste comes off, to seal in the stain

10) The purpose of sealing henna is to:
A) Keep the henna on the skin and stable long enough for the Lawsone molecules to migrate into and saturate the skin with dye
B) Open the pores, so the pores can receive the henna
C) Bathe the henna
D) “Terp” the henna for a darker color

11) Hypoallergenic micropore tape over dried henna patterns:
A) Can be pulled off to look at the pattern, then stuck back down without spoiling the pattern
B) Is useful for sealing henna under clothing
C) Should be covered with lemon sugar
D) Is useful for stabilizing henna patterns on body parts that are prone to sudden, involuntary expansion

12) Henna artists may wrap dry, sealed henna patterns to maximize stains:
A) Because this will make a warm, moist environment for greater dye saturation in the skin cells
B) If the weather is so cold that henna may stain poorly
C) To keep the henna paste from falling off the skin
D) All of the above

13) Henna artists cover dry, sealed henna patterns to maximize stains, using:
A) Bubble wrap
B) Absorbent tissue held in place with plastic wrap and tape
C) Duct tape
D) All of the above

14) If henna artists cover henna patterns to maximize stains they must:
A) Carefully dry and seal the henna first
B) Seal and wrap while the henna is still wet
C) Tell the client to drink several cups of hot tea
D) Completely immobilize the client

15) A common problem with wrapping henna patterns is:
A) A person may sweat profusely and spoil the pattern
B) The henna pattern may come out too dark
C) The client may get claustrophobia
D) The client may get agoraphobia


1)You can make a henna design last longer by:
A) Soaking in dilute ammonia
B) Soaking in detergent
C) Applying coconut oil before you wash
D) Rubbing whitening toothpaste onto the design

2) Once you remove the dried henna paste, your stain:
A) Will begin to fade immediately
B) Can take up to three days to fully darken
C) Will not get darker
D) Must be scrubbed with soap to get darker

3) While the henna is on the skin, you can safely darken henna stains by:
A) Gently, repeatedly, steaming the hennaed skin
B) Fuming the skin with incense
C) Cooling the skin
D) Spraying the skin with lime juice

4) If you hold your hennaed skin over a brazier of smoldering cloves:
A) You may damage your lungs if you inhale the smoke
B) The  henna stains will turn black everywhere on your body
C) You henna stains will stay cherry red
D) You will get slightly intoxicated

5) After the henna is removed:
A) A paramour's love will help darken the stain
B) Contact with air, heat, and mild alkaline liquids will help darken the stain
C)  Frequent washing will help darken the stain
D) All of the above are true

6) After the henna is removed, you can darken the stains by:
A) Applying bat urine on the stains
B) Applying camel urine on the stains
C) Applying wet high-lime cement on the stains
D) All of the above will darken henna, but are harsh to skin

7) After the henna is removed:
A) Some people's henna stains may darken very little
B) Some people's henna stains may darken to coffee color
C) Henna will darken differently on different parts of the body
D) Any of the above may occur

8) The following can rapidly ruin a henna stain:
A) Contact lens cleaning solution
B) Rainwater
C) Urine
D) Any of the above may ruin henna stains

9) A henna stain may be removed more quickly by:
A) Applying extra whitening toothpaste and scrubbing
B) Soaking in peroxide
C) Soaking in hot water followed by exfoliation
D) Any of the above can remove henna stains faster

10) When you have hennaed a person, you should advise them to:
A) Moisturize their skin with anti-oxidant rich lotion
B) Be very careful to not smear their henna
C) Remove their henna with dry cleaning fluid
D) Poke at their henna frequently to see if it’s dried yet

PPD "Black Henna"

1) If a person is injured by para-phenylenediamine as "black henna" body art:
A) That person has the right to sue the person who applied the PPD to them
B) That person has the right to sue the owners of the place where the PPD was applied
C) That person has the right to sue the company that manufactured the product
D) All of the above
E) None of the above

2) If a person is sensitized to para-phenylenediamine as "black henna" body art:
A) That person will have allergic reactions to dark colored hair dye, and should not work as a hairdresser, or in any job where employees are exposed to PPD’s
B) That person may have allergic reactions to perfumes
C) That person may have allergic reactions to some prescription medications
D) Any or all of the above may result from PPD sensitization
E) None of the above ever happen

3) If an artist puts PPD into their paste for a fast, black stain and works all summer with it:
A) The artist is putting his/herself at risk, as well as their client at risk for PPD sensitization
B) The artist is putting his/herself at elevated risk of bladder cancer
C) The artist WILL cause itching, blistering, pain and potential scars in many of his/her customers
D) Based on medical statistics of PPD-related injuries, all of the above are probable
E) None of the above ever happen

Extra Credit:
Choose any one section for 3 extra credit points!

History, Culture, and Related Arts:

Related Body Arts:

1) During the Roman period, Britons stained their bodies with:
A) Indigo
B) Woad
C) Henna
D) Walnut

2) Gypsies had henna traditions similar to their neighbors in the Middle East.  When they could not find or afford henna, they used:
A) Walnut
B) Saffron
C) Woad
D) Blackberries

3) Native Americans often adorned themselves with red body markings. To make these markings they used:
A) Red iron-bearing earth pigments
B) Red dyes from plants
C) Both of the above
D) Henna

Henna and History:

1) There are references to henna in the Bible:
A) In the Song of Solomon
B) With the word Camphire referring to henna
C) Both of the above are correct
D) This is a trick question; there is no reference to henna in the Bible

2) Women have used henna for adornment for a long time. How old is the earliest written evidence of living women using henna in connection with marriage and fertility, and where is that evidence from?
A) 200 years ago in India
B) 1500 years ago in Arabia
C) 3700 years ago in Syria
D) 6500 years ago in India

3) What country and religious body  declared the use of henna punishable by death?
A) The Chinese Red Brigade
B) The Christian Roman Empire
C) The Spanish Inquisition
D) The American Puritans

Henna and South Asian Culture

1) One celebration which may include henna is Diwali. Name four more occasions in  India when people apply henna

2) Hindu Indian designs:
A) Often have symbols of luck and blessing
B) Often follow the embroidery pattern on a bride's best sari
C) Both of the above are true
D) Henna patterns always have secret sacred meanings forbidden to Westerners

3) In India, bridal mehndi artists use many things other than henna to decorate the bride.  Which of these is presently used in India as “mehndi”
A) Glitter mixed with glue
B) Fingernail polish
C) Sequins and body jewels
D) All of the above
E) None of the above, only henna is used to ornament bride

Henna and North African Culture

1) In North Africa and some other countries, henna was traditionally to be used in all of the following situations except:
A) Ethno-psychiatric treatment of mental illness
B) End of Hajj
C) Imminent childbirth
D) During Ramadan

2) Professional henna artists in Mauritania apply henna:
A) This is a trick question; henna body art is only done professionally in India
B) In complex, beautiful patterns with tape resist
C) Only on women
D) With blunted thorns from Acacia trees

3) A henna pattern which is used to ward off the "evil eye" is:
A) The “Khamsa” pattern
B) The paisley pattern
C) The lotus pattern
D) All of the above

Henna and Middle Eastern Culture

1) One celebration in Muslim communities in the Middle East which may include henna is Id al-Adha. Name four more occasions in the Middle East when Muslim people apply henna

2) Which beloved pets got a little henna for holidays in the Middle East:
A) Horses got henna
B) Salukis and other prestigious dogs got henna
C) White Donkeys got henna
D) All of the above sometimes got henna
E) This is a trick question: animals were never hennaed;  henna is only for virgin brides

3) When devout Muslims have made Hajj, they:
A) May henna their beard if they are male
B) They may bring home henna from Mecca as a treasured gift
C) They may apply henna to their hands and to the sacrificial animal at Id
D) All of the above are true
E) None of the above is true

Henna and Sephardic Jewish Culture:

1) Among Kurdish Jews, a men was traditionally hennaed:
A) For his death, if he was a young, unmarried man
B) For his marriage
C) Both above are correct
D) This is a trick question; Jews never used henna

2) Among Kurdish Jews, girls were traditionally hennaed:
A) For Purim
B) For Yom Kippur
C) This is a trick question; henna is forbidden to Jews
D) For political resistance rallies

3) Jews traditionally used henna for marriage:
A) In Yemen
B) In Morocco
C) In Kurdish communities
D) All of the above
E) Never

Henna Business in the US:

1) In the US:
A) The FDA does NOT approve the use of henna for body art
B) The IRS does NOT approve the use of henna for body art, and therefore does not require that you file taxes on your income as a henna artist
C) The FDA approves the use of henna for body art
D) The FDA approves the use of PPD as body art

2) If you are a professional henna artist in the US:
A) Artists don't have to report their income to the IRS unless they're incorporated
B) If you don't make a profit, you don't have to report anything you've earned to the IRS
C) Every dollar you earn is potentially taxable, and must be reported to the IRS
D) If your income is all in cash, the IRS won't ever know about you, so you need not report your income

3) If you are a professional henna artist in the US:
A) If you make your clients sign a waiver, they can’t sue you
B) You can be sued if you injure your client, even if you did the henna for free
C) You should never let your clients know exactly what is in your henna paste.
D) You should always give medical advice to anyone who has itching or a reaction to your henna.

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