The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down Short Essay - Answer Key

Anne Fadiman
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1. How does the author come to know the Lee family?

The author, Anne Fadiman, comes to know the Lee family when she is researching reports of a culture clash between Hmong immigrants to America and the people here. She finds the family and follows this clash, as it affects the health and well-being of the Lee's daughter.

2. How did the author overcome barriers to interviewing the Lee family?

The author overcame barriers to interviewing the Lee family by having taped recordings of their interviews. She overcame the language barrier by using an interpreter.

3. Describe what the author says in the preface about the insights the taped recordings of interviews offered.

The author describes in the preface how her taped recordings offer a glimpse into the Hmong culture. She says even through ample background noise such as babies, television, noisy relatives, the listener can differentiate the eight tones of the Hmong language.

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