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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. Why was the ordinance mentioned in Chapter Nine difficult to enforce?
(a) Because shaman often disguised themselves.
(b) Because you can't make drug companies adhere to any laws.
(c) Because meetings could be held without much notice.
(d) Because small animals could be sacrificed without notice.

2. Why did the Hmong rebel as described in Chapter Two?
(a) Because of the intrusion of the Chinese.
(b) Because of the prestige given to them.
(c) Because they needed food.
(d) Because they did not agree with their morals.

3. How does the author keep records of her interviews for the book?
(a) She memorizes the notes.
(b) They are tape recorded.
(c) She records them with a video camera.
(d) She take notes.

4. As mentioned in Chapter Six, what would have been a more agreeable plan to the Hmong in terms of treating illness?
(a) Surgery.
(b) Therapy.
(c) Medicine.
(d) Sleep.

5. Why do the Hmong believe illnesses happen?
(a) Because you have done something wrong.
(b) They are hand picked people by the shaman to get sick.
(c) They arise from the spiritual realm.
(d) Because of physical reasons.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter Six, what continues to trickle back to the refugee camps?

2. Translated, what does "qaug dab peg" mean?

3. Physicians did not recognize what in the Hmong culture?

4. Who warned Anne Fadiman about pursuing a story about Lia?

5. What kind of prescription did the Neil and Peggy give Lia that they thought was best for her?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is one major difference between American doctors and a txiv neeb?

2. How did physicians hurt the cycle of rumors and distrust of Americans back in the Hmong refugee camps?

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

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

5. How did the Hmong view the Chinese?

6. Why was impaired communication particularly dangerous for Hmong people?

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

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

9. What was Lia's interaction like with her parents?

10. What was Anne's colleague's reactions to her wanting to investigate the circumstances around Lia's medical care?

(see the answer keys)

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