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. This occurs right around the time when Sina must do what?

2. The day arrives when a ________ (an evil spirit, in this case, a two legged horse which stands straight like a man) visits Madame Fouchard in the middle of the night.

3. Alourdes' mother, Philomise, is the _________ child born to them.

4. When Alourdes is possessed by Ogou, the __________ is always wielded.

5. Unfortunately, Fouchard's plan all along is to do what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How might oral traditions be difficult for the reader?

2. How is Marie Claire significant?

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

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

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

6. How is the character Jepete important?

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

8. Why is a manbo especially important in Haiti during the present time?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are four steps in the initiation ritual.

Part 1) What are these four steps? Describe and analyze each step. What is the purpose of each step? How does one step lead to another? What do these steps reveal or reinforce about Vodou?

Part 2) How does this initiation rite compare to rituals found in other religions and organizations? Why do these similarities exist?

Part 3) In what rituals have you participated? Why? How did you feel about these rituals and other religious rituals? Why is ritual important to humans?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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