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. During the fall of Saigon, what caused a huge fire which deeply traumatized Andrew?

2. Why did Andrew give money to the beggar woman in the Red Light District?

3. Which highway did Andrew take toward his big adventure?

4. What was the name of the taxi dancer with whom Andrew spent time while visiting Sean's family?

5. What was the name of the prison where Andrew's father had been held?

Short Essay Questions

1. What memories did Andrew recount when he took a cup of tea to the roof of the Nguyen's house?

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

3. What was Andrew's first impression of Mihn Luong Prison when he arrived?

4. What did Viet do for a living?

5. What message did the Vietnamese Buddah give to Chi and Andrew about their futures?

6. What happened to Andrew while on the bus headed toward Mihn Luong Prison?

7. What ties did Andrew's family have to Phan Thiet?

8. What was Andrew's reaction to seeing his grandmother's old house in Phan Tiet, his childhood home?

9. What major events did Andrew struggle through once he reached Japan?

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

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

Throughout the memoir, Andrew utilized almost every different mode of travel available. First, create a list of transportation methods Andrew used during his journey. Then, choose two modes of transportation and compare / contrast the experience of these travels, particularly when considering Andrew's historic quest for answers. In your opinion, what mode of transportation was most beneficial for Andrew, given his unique travel desires? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

One of the most traumatic memories for the Pham family during their time in Vietnam was the time when Andrew's father was imprisoned in a work camp. First, describe the circumstances surrounding Andrew's father's arrest, imprisonment, and eventual release. How did his imprisonment affect his family? Then, describe Andrew's visit as an adult to the labor camp where his father was imprisoned. What did Andrew learn about his history - both personal and cultural - through this journey? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

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