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 the spirit do to Philo?

2. In this chapter we learn that Vodou rituals are always opened with what?

3. All Vodou lwa are represented by what?

4. ______________ is the mother, the one who bears the children.

5. What does this spirit love?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What similarity exists between Marie Claire and Maggie?

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

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

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

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

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

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.?

Essay Topic 3

There are many short, fictitious stories in this book.

Part 1) Describe two of these short stories. How is each important to the book? What do they each reveal about Haiti, Alourdes' family, and/or Vodou?

Part 2) How are these stories representatives of Haiti's oral tradition? Why is oral history so important to Alourdes' culture? How are the people of Haiti influenced by stories such as these?

Part 3) How is oral history important to other cultures around the world? How is it also a part of American culture? Why might fictitious stories be universal? Why are they created by humans?

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