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. What is a "met tet?"

2. Azaka offers the rest of his altar food to his guests, doles out messages to the individual guests and instructs them how to do what?

3. What is the beaded rattle used to leverage the spirit world?

4. What does she learn from her sister-in-law?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Sina's strength revealed in this chapter?

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

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

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

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

6. What other imagery is used in this chapter? How does it affect the reader? What message does this imagery send?

7. What is the connection between one's power and the will of the spirits in the world of Vodou?

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

9. Describe Vodou rituals and ceremonies as a whole. Give an example from this chapter that supports this.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are strong ties between the women in this family.

Part 1) Describe the women in this family. How is their oral history important? How are these women tied to one another? Why is this important?

Part 2) How does Karen become connected with these strong women? Why does she want to create ties with them? Would you want to create ties with them? Would you want to be connected with this family? Why or why not?

Part 3) To whom are you connected? How did this connection come to exist? How important is this connection to you? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Karen and Alourdes are greeted in Haiti with a mix of fascination and expectation.

Part 1) Describe Alourdes and Karen's trip to Haiti. Why are they greeted in this way? What does this reveal about Karen, Alourdes, and the Haitian people?

Part 2) How does this greeting to one's greeting upon arriving in a community in the U.S.? Why would these similarities and/or differences exist?

Part 3) How might you be greeted in Haiti? Why might you be greeted in this way? How are people greeted in this way? How are people greeted into various countries and cultures around the world? Why do these differences exist? How do these differences reflect the relationships between various groups of people?

Essay Topic 3

Ezili represents the many facets of womankind.

Part 1) Who is Ezili? Describe the many forms of Ezili. Why is this significant in Haitian culture? What does it reveal about Haitian women?

Part 2) With which Ezili do you most relate? Why? Who in our own culture might represent the same type of woman as this Ezili?

Part 3) What women in our own culture best represent American women? Why? Are these the same women the American media promotes? Why or why not?

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