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. His medicine, his power, is with him naturally, and he has no need even for what?

2. While power liberates, it also can do what to those who wield it?

3. Mama Lola is throwing Azaka _______________ party, as she must every year.

4. What warrior lesson does Karen learn?

5. He comes to town alone, speaking of having done what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How do you feel about Karen marrying Ogou? How does this marriage change the path of Karen's life? What does this also teach her?

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

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

6. How does this similarity relate to their decision to take up the ason and serve the spirits?

7. What does Sina's character reveal about women in this culture? How do the women compare to the men?

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

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

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

Karen's involvement in Vodou develops throughout this book.

Part 1) Describe Karen's involvement in Vodou at the beginning of this book? What has drawn her to Mama Lola and the subject of Vodou?

Part 2) How do her feelings regarding Vodou change over the course of the book? What causes these changes? How does this in turn change significant aspects of Karen's life and beliefs?

Part 3) What were your original beliefs regarding Vodou prior to reading this book? How did your views change over the course of reading this book? What led to these changes? How might these changes affect your beliefs regarding other religions and beliefs?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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