The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Anne Fadiman
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of welcome did Anne receive from the clan letters?

2. What was Lia doing when she hit her head severely in Chapter Nine?

3. Who called the Hmong Miao or Meo?

4. What would happen to Lia's breathing when she had seizures?

5. What barrier does the author have in interviewing the family featured in the book?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Lee's reaction when Lia returns home from foster care.

2. 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.

3. How do American's react to the sacrificing of animals by the Hmong?

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

5. Who was May Ying Xiong?

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

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

8. Describe the significance of the door slamming in Chapter Three.

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

10. How does the author come to know the Lee family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the relationship between Nao Kao and Foua Lee and Anne, the author. How does Anne's perception of the Lees change from beginning to end of the book?

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 does the misunderstanding about Lia's hospital transfer represent? Be sure to explain it in terms of the issues in communication between Lia's parents and her doctors.

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