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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. What did the Lee's do in honor of Lia returning home in Chapter Nine?
(a) They sacrificed a cow.
(b) They went on with life as normal.
(c) They prayed.
(d) They had a celebratory lunch.

2. Who introduced Anne to the leaders of the Hmong clans?
(a) Neil.
(b) Foua Lee.
(c) Sukey.
(d) The Kordas.

3. Who did Lia's family believe captured her spirit in Chapter Three?
(a) Ancestors.
(b) A dark, evil spirit.
(c) Her siblings.
(d) Doctors.

4. In western medicine, what is "quag dab peg"?
(a) A cold.
(b) Epilepsy.
(c) A family.
(d) A curse.

5. When does the Hmong culture utilize a txiv neeb?
(a) In the event of illness.
(b) On Sundays.
(c) If a hospital is needed.
(d) If the illness happens at home.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old was the best translator that Anne worked with?

2. Why was giving Lia her medications difficult for the Lee family?

3. Where were the Hmong considered outsiders?

4. Before Lia was taken, the family was not given what?

5. In the Hmong tradition, what is considered an illness of honor?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain what the author says is needed in order for an American, used to our fast-paced culture, to talk to a person who is Hmong.

2. Where were the Hmong in the 1980s getting most of their information about American doctors?

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

4. Explain Neil's decision to file a report with Child Protective Services.

5. What is special about the red chair where Anne sat to do her interviews?

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

7. Describe Neil Ernst and Peggy Philp.

8. What powers does the Hmong culture believe that a "txiv neeb" shaman has?

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

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

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