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. Philo and a group of friends travel to ______________.

2. What is agreed upon between Mama Lola and Karen?

3. What should Karen take?

4. Philo meets a man named Luc Charles with whom she bears a child named ______________.

5. Alourdes ____________ the family spirits that inhabit the land.

Short Essay Questions

1. How is myth important in Alourdes' life of Vodou?

2. What is Alourdes' response regarding Catholic priests? What does this reveal about Haitians?

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

4. How is Marie Claire significant?

5. How is the similarity described in number 45 significant?

6. What is the purpose of the Ezili spirits?

7. What are Philo's plans for Alourdes, prior to her birth? How does this plan change?

8. How do each of the four initiates handle the initiation rites? Who handles it the best?

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

10. How is Mama Lola affected by the needs of these spirits? What are the end results of her actions?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jealousy is a theme.

Part 1) Describe jealousy as it is found in this book? How is jealousy a theme? How does jealousy affect the lives of the characters in this book and in the lives of Haitians in general?

Part 2) How frequently are you jealous? Is jealousy a concern in the U.S. as it is in Haiti? Why or why not?

Part 3) What are two other themes found in this book? Describe these themes. How are they tied to the book and to each other?

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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