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 maintains that there is only one God, and one set of spirits, but different kinds of people in different kinds of religions do what?

2. There are ___________ levels of initiation into Vodou.

3. Alourdes and Maggie have the responsibility of keeping the women of this line, Sina, Philo and beyond, as well as the family spirits, alive with what?

4. What does Alourdes ask Karen?

5. This spirit goes absolutely wildly out of control at the sight of ______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the purpose of the Ezili spirits?

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

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

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

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

6. How is the similarity described in number 45 significant?

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

8. What similarity exists between Marie Claire and Maggie?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gede's dominon is the realm of death.

Part 1) Who is Gede? What is his role in Vodou? How important is he in Vodouism? Why? What is his connection to the other Vodou spirits?

Part 2) To whom can Gede be compared? What are the similarities and differences between Gede and this person or spirit? What do these spirits reveal about those who believe in them?

Part 3) What is the female version of Gede? How is she coming into existence? Why is she coming into existence? What does belief in her reveal about Haitian and Vodou culture?

Essay Topic 2

An oral tradition is strong in Hatian culture.

Part 1) Describe oral tradition. What constitutes an oral tradition? How is this strong in the Haitian culture? Why is it so strong in the Haitian culture? How is this tied to Vodou?

Part 2) How are oral traditions and histories important in other cultures? How do these cultures compare to the Haitian Vodou cultures? What do all cultures with strong oral traditions have in common? Why?

Part 3) How is oral history important in your own culture? Is it as important as it was in the past? Why or why not? How does increased literacy affect oral traditions?

Essay Topic 3

Imagery and metaphors are used frequently throughout this book.

Part 1) Describe the imagery and metaphors found in this book. How are these connected to the stories in this book and the book as a whole?

Part 2) How is imagery important in oral traditions? Why is it so important? How is this importance reflected in this book?

Part 3) What other literary devices can be found in this book? How are they used? Are they effective? Why or why not?

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