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. For Karen, the trip is largely in the name of ____________.

2. Kouzinn is _____________, a trade that is key to the survival for the poor women of Haiti.

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

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

5. Who is Manman Marasa?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the author say is the purpose of every other chapter in the book? What does this reveal about the author's role in writing these chapters?

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

4. 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?

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

6. How is Marie Claire significant?

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

8. How do Alourdes and Maggie feel in American culture? Should they feel this way? Why or why not?

9. What is revealed about the relationship between Mama Lola and the spirits in this chapter? How is this relationship important?

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

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

Imagery and metaphors are used frequently throughout this book.

Part 1) Describe the imagery and metaphors found in this book. How are these connected to the stories in this book and the book as a whole?

Part 2) How is imagery important in oral traditions? Why is it so important? How is this importance reflected in this book?

Part 3) What other literary devices can be found in this book? How are they used? Are they effective? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Gede's dominon is the realm of death.

Part 1) Who is Gede? What is his role in Vodou? How important is he in Vodouism? Why? What is his connection to the other Vodou spirits?

Part 2) To whom can Gede be compared? What are the similarities and differences between Gede and this person or spirit? What do these spirits reveal about those who believe in them?

Part 3) What is the female version of Gede? How is she coming into existence? Why is she coming into existence? What does belief in her reveal about Haitian and Vodou culture?

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