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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where was Lia born?
(a) America.
(b) Laos.
(c) Minnesota.
(d) Thailand.

2. Why did the Lee's flee their homeland?
(a) They wanted to live an American life.
(b) Because they had relatives in the United States.
(c) Their home was burned.
(d) Because of war.

3. Who was not present when Lia was removed from the home?
(a) Her oldest sibling.
(b) Her mother.
(c) Her father.
(d) Her youngest sibling.

4. How did the Hmong view the Chinese?
(a) As kindred spirits.
(b) As meddling people.
(c) As ghosts.
(d) As fierce enemies.

5. What relationship does the author describe in the preface?
(a) Her relationship with the publisher.
(b) Her relationship with her daughter.
(c) Her relationship with the doctors.
(d) Her relationship with the Lee family.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Foua Lee?

2. Where were the Hmong considered outsiders?

3. Who in the Hmong culture has the highest rank?

4. Why does that particular type of medicine seem OK to the Hmong?

5. What did the physicians in the refugee camps in Chapter Six think of the how the Hmong people perceived them?

Short Essay Questions

1. What things did the Hmong people hear about American doctors that made them distrust them?

2. Why was it hard for doctors to pin down Lia's developmental delays?

3. Why didn't American physicians, just out of college in the 1980s, have a sense of cross cultural communication?

4. How did the Hmong view the Chinese?

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

6. Who was May Ying Xiong?

7. What is the meaning of qaug dab peg and why is it important to the story?

8. Why did the nurses at Merced recall Lia with mixed emotions?

9. What happened after Neil filed the report with Child Protective Services?

10. What do the Lees give up in order to try to cure Lia?

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