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

Karen McCarthy Brown
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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. ____________ is finally reacted by Karen, Alourdes and their traveling companions.

2. Philo is taken in by a generous woman named _______________.

3. How does Mama Lola discover information through her sister-in-law?

4. How old is Joseph Binbin Mauvant?

5. Azaka goes about his business first, settling outstanding loans from what, and then selling the goods from his altar to the guests?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does one feel regarding Karen? Is it easy to sympathize with her? Why or why not?

3. Why is oral tradition important in this culture?

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

5. How are Sina and Philo similar? What actions do they take? What does this reveal about them?

6. What is the moral of the story in this chapter? How is this a significant lesson to learn?

7. What all-important concept is discussed in this chapter? Give an example.

8. How does jealousy affect the plot of this story?

9. What is made clear in this chapter that we as Americans often fail to understand?

10. What do most Americans think of "voodoo?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The roles of men and women are very different in Haitian culture.

Part 1) Describe the roles of men and women in Haitian culture. How are these roles revealed throughout this book? How is Vodou connected to these roles?

Part 2) How does this explain and reinforce the strength of the women in Alourdes' family? How might it also play a part in drawing Karen into Haitian and Vodou culture?

Part 3) What are the roles of men and women in your own culture? How have these roles come about? How do they compare to the roles in Haitian culture?

Essay Topic 2

The women in this culture are very strong.

Part 1) Describe Haitian women. How do they compare to women of other cultures? Why might these similarities and differences exist?

Part 2) How do Haitian women compare to Haitian men? Why are their roles designated in this way How do these gender roles compare to other cultures?

Part 3) How have the roles of women changed in Haiti? How does this compare to the changes of how women are viewed in other parts of the world today?

Essay Topic 3

There are many short, fictitious stories in this book.

Part 1) Describe two of these short stories. How is each important to the book? What do they each reveal about Haiti, Alourdes' family, and/or Vodou?

Part 2) How are these stories representatives of Haiti's oral tradition? Why is oral history so important to Alourdes' culture? How are the people of Haiti influenced by stories such as these?

Part 3) How is oral history important to other cultures around the world? How is it also a part of American culture? Why might fictitious stories be universal? Why are they created by humans?

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