When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace Short Essay - Answer Key

Le Ly Hayslip
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1. What was special about Le Ly's mother's hair?

Le Ly's mother's hair was beautiful. It was very long and black. She would cut it once a year, and village women would offer money for the clippings that would be sold to make wigs. Selling hair was an important way for the village women to make money, and Le Ly's mother's hair always fetched the best prices.

2. How did Le Ly describe an air attack by the French when she was little?

When Le Ly was able to walk, she was out playing with her sister and other children. While they were playing, people began to scream, and thunder broke from a sunny sky. The ground shook as if an earthquake was happening. There was a loud coughing noise. She didn't see the monsters, but she knew that they had to be snakes because the villagers called them devils. She believed that they had many heads because they coughed so quickly. She described them as giants because they were so loud. The spittle from the snakes flew into the village and splattered people with blood. When the snake monsters came, her sister grabbed her. They hid in a trench near the road.

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