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. Maggie tells the story of losing a ___________ (an important item in Vodou initiation rituals.) while in Haiti.

2. In time, the two become friends, and she tells him what story?

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

4. Why do they come to her apartment?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How has Alourdes been like Ezili?

2. How is myth important in Alourdes' life of Vodou?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What is the purpose of the Ezili spirits?

9. What similarity exists between Marie Claire and Maggie?

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

There are strong ties between the women in this family.

Part 1) Describe the women in this family. How is their oral history important? How are these women tied to one another? Why is this important?

Part 2) How does Karen become connected with these strong women? Why does she want to create ties with them? Would you want to create ties with them? Would you want to be connected with this family? Why or why not?

Part 3) To whom are you connected? How did this connection come to exist? How important is this connection to you? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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