Catfish and Mandala: A Two-wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Andrew X. Pham
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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. How did Andrew's family say goodbye to him when he left home to start his new cycling adventure?

2. During the fall of Saigon, where was Andrew?

3. What was Andrew's birth name?

4. What characteristic did Andrew dislike most about his father?

5. What type of building was Andrew's childhood home turned into after his family moved out?

Short Essay Questions

1. What expectations did Andrew's family have of him when he arrived in Saigon?

2. What did Viet do for a living?

3. What conflicts did Andrew face in American school after immigrating from Vietnam?

4. What happened to Andrew when the Indonesian freighter intercepted the fishing boat?

5. Who was Wong?

6. When did Andrew's mother want Andrew to leave for his trip to Vietnam?

7. Who was Patty?

8. What was significant about Andrew's memory involving ice cream?

9. Who was the first of the Phen children to die?

10. Why wasn't Andrew's mother worried during the family's escape by fishing boat from Vietnam?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Prostitution was a large part of the Pham family's past and is therefore very present in the novel. First, describe the Pham family's involvement in prostitution and discuss their motivations, as a family, for getting involved in this business. Then, describe how this background shaped Andrew into the adult he is now. In your opinion, is this memoir justifying the Asian sex-trade? Why or why not? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the memoir, Andrew offers many different symbols to bring meaning to the people of Vietnam and their experiences, including the famous ruins and the gape fish. Choose one of these symbols - or another that you deem fit - and explain the symbol here. Where did Andrew first encounter this symbol? What understanding did Andrew believe the message brought to him about the Vietnamese people? Do you agree with Andrew's assessment? Why or why not? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

All of Andrew's siblings live/d lives that involve some level of sexual deviance. What events from their upbringing do you think psychologically prompted these behaviors. Had the Pham children grown up in a more stable household, do you think the children's lives would be different as adults? If so, how? If not, why? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

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