Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn Test | Final 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. Alourdes and Maggie have the responsibility of keeping the women of this line, Sina, Philo and beyond, as well as the family spirits, alive with what?

2. Philo catches the black fever plaguing Haiti. During her recovery, Ageou visits Philo in a dream and tells her what?

3. There are ___________ levels of initiation into Vodou.

4. What does Philo not want to do?

5. All Vodou lwa are represented by what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Compare the focus on morality and sexuality in the Vodou culture as compared the many people in America? How do these differences affect many Americans' views of Vodou?

2. What is one of the best stories in this chapter? Why?

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

4. What is learned about the choices made regarding the women in this culture?

5. What similarity exists between Marie Claire and Maggie?

6. Why do the initiates do the answer to number 55 in the cemetery?

7. What is Alourdes' main role in Vodou? Describe her actions in this role. Why does she act this way?

8. What does this chapter reiterate about the responsibility of serving the spirits?

9. What are Philo's plans for Alourdes, prior to her birth? How does this plan change?

10. What is the purpose of the Ezili spirits?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ezili represents the many facets of womankind.

Part 1) Who is Ezili? Describe the many forms of Ezili. Why is this significant in Haitian culture? What does it reveal about Haitian women?

Part 2) With which Ezili do you most relate? Why? Who in our own culture might represent the same type of woman as this Ezili?

Part 3) What women in our own culture best represent American women? Why? Are these the same women the American media promotes? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The life of a Manbo is difficult.

Part 1) Describe the life of a manbo. How is it a part of Alourdes' family history? How has it affected her family? Is this good or bad? Why?

Part 2) How has the role of the manbo become increasingly necessary in Haitian culture? How does this affect Alourdes and other manbos? What does this also do to Vodou and its importance in Haitian culture?

Part 3) How have changes in our own culture led to more or less emphasis on religion? How is this seen in other cultures as well?

Essay Topic 3

There is a growing need for Manbos.

Part 1) What is a manbo? How is this person important in Vodou culture? Why are manbos increasingly more important in Haiti? What does this reveal about Vodou culture and life in Haiti?

Part 2) How are these cultural changes seen in other cultures around the world? How is religion becoming more important in some cultures? Why?

Part 3) Would you want to be a manbo? Why or why not? Would you be able to accept a role such as this in another religious organization, if it were offered to you or asked of you? Why or why not? How do manbos reflect the role of religious leaders in a community?

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