The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Anne Fadiman
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Essay Topic 1

Explain the question on the author's mind after her experience with the Lee family that serves as the premise for the book. Be sure to talk about the clashing worlds of the Hmong culture and the medical community.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the importance of the traditional burying of the placenta in the Hmong culture. What do the people believe it represents?

Essay Topic 3

What importance does the history of the Hmong people, specifically the fact that doctors are not used in the culture and that the Lee family is forced to leave Laos, have to this story?

Essay Topic 4

What problems does the Hmong people's importance on ancestors and tradition create when having conversations with Americans? Give two examples from the book and explain.

Essay Topic 5

Explain the root of the contention between the Chinese and the Hmong and their on again, off again relationship?

Essay Topic 6

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