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 remembers whose birth?

2. What happens to a person who catches a glimpse of her beneath the water that reaches out to touch her?

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

4. Why do they come to her apartment?

5. The prefix of the word Danbala is Da, meaning ___________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is significant about Karen's marriage to Papa Danbala?

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

4. What is the purpose of the Ezili spirits?

5. What is learned about participating in the initiation rite?

6. What similarity exists between Marie Claire and Maggie?

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

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

9. Who does Aunt Emma represent? Why is this important?

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

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

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 3

Vodou is a part of Haitian culture.

Part 1) Describe Vodou and Haitian culture. How is Vodou incorporated into everyday life in Haiti? How is it also similar to other religions?

Part 2) What religions are important and influential in the U.S.? How does religion affect the lives of many Americans? How does it influence the way our country was created and is now organized and run?

Part 3) Is religion a part of your own life? If so, how If not, why not? How different might your life be if you practiced Vodou? Explain.

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