Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn Test | Final Test - Easy

Karen McCarthy Brown
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Alourdes maintains that there is only one God, and one set of spirits, but different kinds of people in different kinds of religions do what?
(a) Create their own gods and spirits.
(b) Forget to worship them.
(c) Do not believe in them.
(d) Give them different names.

2. Each of these women represents a generational link in a chain that, if broken, will cause what to happen to future generations?
(a) They will die.
(b) They will lose their ancestral stories and their deepest connections to who they are.
(c) They will leave Haiti.
(d) They will lose all power.

3. ____________________ when she agrees to return to her family land in Jean Rabel to give a feast for the family spirits.
(a) Her health is restored.
(b) Her voice is restored.
(c) Her sight is restored.
(d) Her hearing is restored.

4. What does Alourdes ask Karen?
(a) If she would like to watch the ritual initiation.
(b) If she would like to sponsor those going to be initiated.
(c) If she would like to undergo the ritual initiation as well.
(d) If she would like to research initiation.

5. ______________ is the mother, the one who bears the children.
(a) Ezili Lasyrenn.
(b) Ezili Asrial.
(c) Ezili Freda.
(d) Ezili Danto.

6. Each of these spirits exists in close relation to one another and, when considered as a group, are able to quite accurately paint a portrait of whom?
(a) All Haitian people and the circumstances in which they exist.
(b) All women and the circumstances in which they exist.
(c) All people and the circumstances in which they exist.
(d) The Haitian woman and the circumstances in which they exist.

7. The spirit Papa Danbala is very _________, so when he "mounts" his horse, or manbo, in the possession-performance, he utters sounds only and does not speak.
(a) Afraid.
(b) Old.
(c) Feeble.
(d) Young.

8. In the year ___________, both Maggie and Alourdes are confronted with the question--who are my people?
(a) 1984.
(b) 1982.
(c) 1981.
(d) 1983.

9. Back to the present time in the hospital, Maggie is undergoing a procedure where what must be dislodged?
(a) The cancer.
(b) A growth.
(c) The tube in her stomach into which her fluids are draining.
(d) The tumor.

10. Why must this be dislodged?
(a) It is pressing on her brain stem.
(b) It has become imbedded.
(c) It is growing larger.
(d) It is blocking a major artery.

11. Alourdes tells the story of a potential client who is a member of a devil-worship group, and she explains that she is a ______________.
(a) Vodou priestess.
(b) Vodou practitioner.
(c) Devil-worshipper as well.
(d) Christian.

12. Gede's domination of the realm of death is reflective of a time when males held the power in Haitian families, and this is not the case any longer. In consequence, and in showing how flexible and ever-evolving the culture of Vodou is, a strong female version of Gede is slowly emerging, whose name is _____________.
(a) Gedelia.
(b) Gedenia.
(c) Gerte.
(d) Geda.

13. What does Philo not want to do?
(a) Put a curse on others.
(b) Take on the responsibility.
(c) Leave Haiti.
(d) Help others.

14. What happens to a person who catches a glimpse of her beneath the water that reaches out to touch her?
(a) He or she is taken under the water and drowned.
(b) He or she goes deaf.
(c) He or she loses his or her mind.
(d) He or she is blinded.

15. The first is a _____________ in order to dislodge the spirits in one's head.
(a) Head healing.
(b) Head holding.
(c) Head cleansing.
(d) Head washing.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is this Karen's decision?

2. This chapter is a story about the life of Alourdes' ______________, Philomise.

3. After losing this, she subsequently had a dream of what?

4. They are made to understand that they cannot reveal exactly what occurs in the initiation chamber; to do so is to cause what?

5. There are ___________ levels of initiation into Vodou.

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