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. In time, the two become friends, and she tells him what story?
(a) Of how she became a Haitian.
(b) Of how she first came to Haiti.
(c) Of how she began studying Vodou.
(d) Of how she began her work in treating people.

2. All Vodou lwa are represented by what?
(a) Hindu gods.
(b) Buddha.
(c) The Apostles.
(d) A Catholic saint.

3. There are ___________ levels of initiation into Vodou.
(a) Five.
(b) Four.
(c) Two.
(d) Three.

4. She was born by cesarean section weighing a record ______ pounds.
(a) 17.
(b) 14.
(c) 16.
(d) 15.

5. ____________________ 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 hearing is restored.
(c) Her sight is restored.
(d) Her voice is restored.

6. In July of 1981, they travel to Haiti and meet up with a Haitian woman named ____________ who will undergo the initiation as well.
(a) May.
(b) Miracle.
(c) Mimose.
(d) Maddie.

7. What will they be forever?
(a) Haitians.
(b) Brothers and sisters.
(c) Friends.
(d) Spiritual friends.

8. How do they know this illness is a sure sign of illness caused by the spirits?
(a) It has come upon her suddenly.
(b) It is a rare illness.
(c) It is something the doctors are unable to properly diagnose or cure.
(d) It continues to get worse with medical care.

9. 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 is blinded.
(c) He or she loses his or her mind.
(d) He or she goes deaf.

10. Alourdes remembers whose birth?
(a) Karen's.
(b) The spirits'.
(c) Maggie's.
(d) Her own.

11. According to the Vodou philosophy, the world is a precarious place, and it is naïve to think what?
(a) That one can navigate their life without the labor required to usher in good luck and stave off bad luck.
(b) That one can navigate their life without family.
(c) That one can navigate their life without money.
(d) That one can navigate their life without God.

12. They are made to understand that they cannot reveal exactly what occurs in the initiation chamber; to do so is to cause what?
(a) The end of Vodou.
(b) The separation of the initiate from the spirits.
(c) Destruction of the family.
(d) Your own death.

13. 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 lose their ancestral stories and their deepest connections to who they are.
(b) They will leave Haiti.
(c) They will lose all power.
(d) They will die.

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

15. The spirit, __________, comes to her in a dream.
(a) Ago.
(b) Auge.
(c) Ageou.
(d) Ague.

Short Answer Questions

1. This chapter is about the female spirits who belong to the grouping known as ____________.

2. This spirit is never satisfied, always craving more ____________________.

3. First, upon arrival in Haiti, the group visits _______________ where a ritual cleansing is performed.

4. When he finds her, she repeatedly refuses service to him. Why?

5. We learn in this chapter that Maggie is almost more like a ______________ to Alourdes, someone upon who she relies heavily in her work as a manbo.

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