Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn Test | Lesson Plans 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 ritual feeding of the poor?

2. All morning Mauvant is muttering that he is ________________ but no one pays him much attention.

3. Macena is the father of her children so she must do what?

4. This woman is a successful ____________ (market woman).

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

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

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

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

6. Who does Aunt Emma represent? Why is this important?

7. What is one of the most important lessons learned about the practice of Vodou from reading this book? How is Karen's involvement in Mama Lola's story important to most readers of this book?

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

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

10. What story takes place regarding Alourdes in the previous chapter? How is this related to this chapter?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Much of life in Vodou culture is out of the people's hands.

Part 1) Describe the role of Vodou spirits in Haitian culture. How are they important in everyday life in Haiti? How do these spirits guide Haitians in the decisions they make and the way they behave?

Part 2) Is there concrete evidence in this book that the Haitians are controlled by Vodou spirits? Explain. Are Haitians the only ones who feel their lives are guided by these spirits? Why or why not?

Part 3) Who or what guides the lives of most Americans? How does this compare to the Vodou spirits? How does this affect the lives of most Americans and our country as a whole?

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