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

2. By the end of this chapter, Alourdes does what for Karen?

3. Most of the compound's women have made the long journey down the mountain to what?

4. Mauvant dresses and assumes his usual post where?

5. The relationship between Sina and Alphonse Macena does not last long. Why?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is Marie Claire significant?

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

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

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

7. What is it like being a manbo? How does Alourdes feel about this?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The roles of men and women are very different in Haitian culture.

Part 1) Describe the roles of men and women in Haitian culture. How are these roles revealed throughout this book? How is Vodou connected to these roles?

Part 2) How does this explain and reinforce the strength of the women in Alourdes' family? How might it also play a part in drawing Karen into Haitian and Vodou culture?

Part 3) What are the roles of men and women in your own culture? How have these roles come about? How do they compare to the roles in Haitian culture?

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

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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