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. Why was Chi raised by her grandmother?

2. What part of California did Andrew visit during his big adventure?

3. Why did Andrew and Trieu breakup?

4. What animal body part did Andrew consume while at a bar with his three uncles?

5. How long had Andrew been cycling through the desert when he met Tyle?

Short Essay Questions

1. What personal history did Hung have with America?

2. What was the first conversation Andrew had with Tyle?

3. What did Andrew do on his first morning in Saigon after being reunited with his family?

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

5. What does Andrew remember most acutely about his Grandfather Pham?

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

7. What did Viet do for a living?

8. What was symbolic about Andrew's determination to ride his motorcycle through Vietnam?

9. Who was Wong?

10. What horrific experiences did Andrew's father live through while imprisoned in the torture camp?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the memoir, it becomes clear that appearances are very important. First, describe how appearances are important in America, and compare / contrast that to how appearances are important in Vietnam. Then, choose one person from the memoir whom you think was most affected by societies expectations for appearance, and explain how those expectations affected the person's life. Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

The ghosts of the Vietnam War are still very present in the country when Andrew visits to make his journey. Describe the differing viewpoints about the War Andrew encounters during his trip. Be sure to include at least two contrasting views of the effects of the War and at least two different conversations (with different people) Andrew has throughout his journey.

Essay Topic 3

Andrew's journey was an attempt to understand himself and his family better. In the end, do you think this mission was accomplished? What important lessons did Andrew learn about himself and his family through this journey? Do you think he could have learned these lessons without traveling to Vietnam? Why or why not? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

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