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. What event did Andrew inadvertently witness when he was hiding underneath the dining room table?

2. Why was Grandmother Pham upset on the way to the memorial of her husband's death?

3. What relationship did the man on the boxcar claim to have with Andrew to save him from arrest?

4. What is unique about the dish "Gaping Fish"?

5. What was the last thing Andrew talked about with Chi before her death?

Short Essay Questions

1. What regrets did Andrew's father carry with him throughout his adult life?

2. What is a gape fish?

3. Why wasn't Andrew allowed to board the commuter train from Muong Man?

4. What two images does Andrew encounter that he believes are perfect symbols for the people of Japan?

5. What aspect of her life brought Chi the greatest amount of stress and sadness?

6. How did the Nguyen family say goodbye to Andrew when it was time for him to return to America?

7. What trouble did Andrew get into in Vietnam for drinking Coca-Cola?

8. What animal did Andrew see get hit by a car when he was leaving Hanoi?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the memoir, it becomes clear that Andrew experiences an extreme rift between himself and his parents. First, describe Andrew's relationship with his parents at the opening of the memoir. What does Andrew describe as "the gulf" between them? Then, describe the expectations Andrew's parents have for him as he reaches adulthood. Why does Andrew feel unable to meet those goals? Finally, describe how Andrew's experiences in Vietnam alter his relationship with his parents - for better or for worse. 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

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.

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