Catfish and Mandala: A Two-wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam Test | Final 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 help the woman who had fainted on the road in Hue?

2. From Mung Man, how many miles was the trip to Hanoi?

3. Which of the following is NOT a classic Vietnamese characteristic that Kieu possessed?

4. What was Andrew most looking forward to at his grandpa's memorial?

5. What part of Vietnam most symbolizes the Vietnamese "sell out" to Andrew?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Chi make the decision to move to San Francisco?

2. What happened when the police stopped Andrew on the cargo train to Hanoi?

3. What moral did Andrew reach while swimming in the sea with a laughing, old woman?

4. How did Calvin feel about the prospect of moving to America?

5. What type of relationship did Trieu have with her birth father, the colonel?

6. Which of Andrew's siblings were gay, and how did his family react to this?

7. Whose mummified remains are kept in the mausoleum in Hanoi?

8. What argument broke out at the Pham family's memorial to their Grandfather?

9. How did Chi's life change during her fourteen years on the streets?

10. What interaction did Andrew have with the one-legged cyclist in Ky An?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

In the prologue of the novel, the reader learns that Andrew's sister has died. First, describe the nature of the sister's death and explain how this death affected Andrew. In what ways did this death motivate Andrew to make changes in his own life? In your opinion, did the death have a positive or negative impact on Andrew? How can you tell? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

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