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. What does this spirit tell her?

2. It is noted that what was removed at the same time?

3. Clement Rapelle, a Haitian man, dreams about a woman named Philomise who lives in a compound called _____________________.

4. Rapelle is told in the dream that she will be able to do what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the purpose of the Ezili spirits?

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

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

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

6. Who is important in this chapter? Why is she important in comparison to Alourdes?

7. What do all the women in this family have in common?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

There are many Vodou spirits.

Part 1) Describe four of these spirits. What is the role of each spirit in Vodou culture? How is this connected with the treatment of these spirits by Vodou practitioners?

Part 2) How do Vodou spirits influence the lives of the Haitians? Are they a powerful force in Haitian culture? Why or why not?

Part 3) What spirits or religious entities are influential in other cultures around the world? How are they influential in the U.S.?

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