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. This chapter is a story about the life of Alourdes' ______________, Philomise.

2. This chapter is about the female spirits who belong to the grouping known as ____________.

3. At the end of the blessing, Alourdes mentions to Karen that Maggie is going to __________ (undergo the ritual initiation into Vodou) in July.

4. Each of these women represents a generational link in a chain that, if broken, will cause what to happen to future generations?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What understanding does this chapter give us regarding Alourdes and her daughter?

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

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

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

5. What is one of the most important lessons learned about the practice of Vodou from reading this book? How is Karen's involvement in Mama Lola's story important to most readers of this book?

6. What similarity exists between Marie Claire and Maggie?

7. What is the purpose of the Ezili spirits?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The truth about Vodou is told in this book.

Part 1) Summarize Vodouism. What are the truths about Vodouism? How do these truths compare to your initial thoughts about Vodou?

Part 2) How does Vodouism compare to other religions? What are the reasons for these similarities and differences?

Part 3) How has your opinion and knowledge of Vodou changed throughout the course of this book? How might this influence your opinions of other religions and beliefs?

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

Dreams are important in Vodou culture.

Part 1) Describe the dreams that are discussed in this book. How are they tied to Haitian Vodou culture? How are these dreams important in this culture?

Part 2) Are dreams important in our own culture? Why or why not? How does a Western interpretation of dreams compare to that of a Vodou interpretation? Why?

Part 3) What types of dreams are important to Americans? Why is this type of dreaming compare to the dreams one has during sleep? What does this reveal about our culture?

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