Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the end, what happens in William's case?

2. Marie Noelsine is befriended by Madame Fouchard, the local _____________ in Port-de-Paix.

3. The chapter ends with a quick anecdote about whom?

4. Sina realizes that Macena will not leave the family compound, so she and her eldest daughter, Gloria, decide to do what?

5. In the market of _____________, Philo finds her sister, Gloria.

Short Essay Questions

1. What important themes in the world of Haitian Vodou are seen in this chapter?

2. What is Alourdes' purpose for arranging the 'manje pov?'

3. Why is oral tradition important in this culture?

4. Describe a metaphor that can be found in this chapter. How is this interesting?

5. Compare Azaka to Joseph Binbin Mauvant.

6. What is revealed about the relationship between Mama Lola and the spirits in this chapter? How is this relationship important?

7. What contrast is discussed in this chapter? Describe this contrast.

8. How is the legend of Joseph Binbin Mauvant important?

9. What sets Alourdes further apart from the poor Haitians?

10. How does this similarity relate to their decision to take up the ason and serve the spirits?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The truth about Vodou is told in this book.

Part 1) Summarize Vodouism. What are the truths about Vodouism? How do these truths compare to your initial thoughts about Vodou?

Part 2) How does Vodouism compare to other religions? What are the reasons for these similarities and differences?

Part 3) How has your opinion and knowledge of Vodou changed throughout the course of this book? How might this influence your opinions of other religions and beliefs?

Essay Topic 2

The life of a Manbo is difficult.

Part 1) Describe the life of a manbo. How is it a part of Alourdes' family history? How has it affected her family? Is this good or bad? Why?

Part 2) How has the role of the manbo become increasingly necessary in Haitian culture? How does this affect Alourdes and other manbos? What does this also do to Vodou and its importance in Haitian culture?

Part 3) How have changes in our own culture led to more or less emphasis on religion? How is this seen in other cultures as well?

Essay Topic 3

Vodou is a part of Haitian culture.

Part 1) Describe Vodou and Haitian culture. How is Vodou incorporated into everyday life in Haiti? How is it also similar to other religions?

Part 2) What religions are important and influential in the U.S.? How does religion affect the lives of many Americans? How does it influence the way our country was created and is now organized and run?

Part 3) Is religion a part of your own life? If so, how If not, why not? How different might your life be if you practiced Vodou? Explain.

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