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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. Growing up, what did Chi want more than anything?
2. From what country was the businessman with whom Andrew shared "Gaping Fish"?
3. Why was Andrew harassed by bullies in Vietnam for drinking Coke?
4. What animal did Andrew inadvertently kill in a cycling accident in Hanoi?
5. What food item was a favorite of American GIs, but Andrew hated?
Short Essay Questions
1. What aspect of her life brought Chi the greatest amount of stress and sadness?
2. What trouble did Andrew get into in Vietnam for drinking Coca-Cola?
3. Whose mummified remains are kept in the mausoleum in Hanoi?
4. How did Calvin feel about the prospect of moving to America?
5. What argument broke out at the Pham family's memorial to their Grandfather?
6. What is a gape fish?
7. What regrets did Andrew's father carry with him throughout his adult life?
8. Why did Andrew have trouble finding a place to stay in Hanoi?
9. Why did Chi make the decision to move to San Francisco?
10. What opinion did the American Vietnam War vet, whom Andrew met in a coffee shop, have about the War?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
At the opening of the memoir, it becomes clear that Andrew Pham is trapped between two cultures: his Vietnamese culture and his American culture. How does this struggle affect Andrew's personal history? How does this struggle inform the overarching themes of the novel? Choose two examples from the text that you think best exhibit Andrew's struggle and describe them here. How did these instances affect Andrew's personal understanding of himself?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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