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. Back to the present time in the hospital, Maggie is undergoing a procedure where what must be dislodged?

2. Alourdes remembers whose birth?

3. Alourdes tells the story of a potential client who is a member of a devil-worship group, and she explains that she is a ______________.

4. We learn that the main focus of Alourdes' healing energy is directed at what?

5. ______________ is an elusive creature of the deep sea, a siren.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Philo feel about Alourdes? Why might she feel this way?

2. What similarity exists between Marie Claire and Maggie?

3. What do the initiates have to do in the cemetery?

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

5. How do each of the four initiates handle the initiation rites? Who handles it the best?

6. 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?

7. What is Alourdes' response regarding Catholic priests? What does this reveal about Haitians?

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jealousy is a theme.

Part 1) Describe jealousy as it is found in this book? How is jealousy a theme? How does jealousy affect the lives of the characters in this book and in the lives of Haitians in general?

Part 2) How frequently are you jealous? Is jealousy a concern in the U.S. as it is in Haiti? Why or why not?

Part 3) What are two other themes found in this book? Describe these themes. How are they tied to the book and to each other?

Essay Topic 2

Many God-fearing people believe Vodou practitioners will go to hell.

Part 1) Describe a God-fearing person. How is Aunt Emma a God-fearing person? What is her purpose in this book? What does Mama Lola think about Aunt Emma and other God-fearing people? What does this say about Mama Lola and other Vodou practitioners?

Part 2) Why do many God-fearing people feel this way about Vodou practitioners? Should they feel this way? Why or why not? Mama Lola says she is a Christian. Do you agree? Why or why not?

Part 3) What are your own thoughts about those who are Christians and those who are not Christians. What are your own opinions regarding hell? Does hell exist? Should non-Christians be worried? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The women in this culture are very strong.

Part 1) Describe Haitian women. How do they compare to women of other cultures? Why might these similarities and differences exist?

Part 2) How do Haitian women compare to Haitian men? Why are their roles designated in this way How do these gender roles compare to other cultures?

Part 3) How have the roles of women changed in Haiti? How does this compare to the changes of how women are viewed in other parts of the world today?

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