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. Mama Lola takes the ________ like her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

2. For Alourdes, it is a journey long overdue to do what?

3. He is a "grimo," or _____________ man.

4. When "Sina," as Macena calls her, becomes pregnant, Mauvant and the men from the community do what?

5. Who is Leve Jipon Fanm-nan, meaning "Raise that Woman's Petticoat?"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe Karen's understanding of Alourdes' "Queen Bee" behavior.

7. How is jealousy significant in Haiti?

8. What does this chapter reveal about the Mauvant family and life in Haiti and in the Mauvant family compound?

9. How are vodou ideals understood? Give an example from the text that supports this. How might a modern-day American reader feel about this?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are many Vodou spirits.

Part 1) Describe four of these spirits. What is the role of each spirit in Vodou culture? How is this connected with the treatment of these spirits by Vodou practitioners?

Part 2) How do Vodou spirits influence the lives of the Haitians? Are they a powerful force in Haitian culture? Why or why not?

Part 3) What spirits or religious entities are influential in other cultures around the world? How are they influential in the U.S.?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

An oral tradition is strong in Hatian culture.

Part 1) Describe oral tradition. What constitutes an oral tradition? How is this strong in the Haitian culture? Why is it so strong in the Haitian culture? How is this tied to Vodou?

Part 2) How are oral traditions and histories important in other cultures? How do these cultures compare to the Haitian Vodou cultures? What do all cultures with strong oral traditions have in common? Why?

Part 3) How is oral history important in your own culture? Is it as important as it was in the past? Why or why not? How does increased literacy affect oral traditions?

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