Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Polish word was the best compliment that a school exercise could receive and means "dash, inspiration and flying?"

2. What book did Eva's father read that gave him the initial idea to emigrate to Canada?

3. When Eva's mother became ill and had to go to a sanatorium, where did Eva go to stay?

4. What did Eva play for her first public piano performance?

5. Who was Eva's mother's best friend?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was a sanatorium and why did Eva's mother have to go to a sanatorium for a while?

2. Why did Eva consider the landing of the Batory the end of the narrative of her childhood?

3. What, according to Eva, threw an "odd light" on Pani Orlovska?

4. Compare Krysia's adult life with Eva's. What were the differences? What were the similarities? How did you think they viewed each others lives?

5. How did Eva gather memories before the family emigrated to Canada?

6. What emotion did Eva have when she heard the Polish National Anthem as her ship left for Canada?

7. What was Eva's education like in Poland? Do you think she was getting two different educations? How did the teachers help the students understand what was important?

8. How did Pani Ruta live during the war and why was her family untouched by what was happening to the Jews?

9. Why was it important for Eva's mother to have a maid? What role did this maid play in her idea of what a homemaker was?

10. What, according to the author, was middle class in the Poland of her childhood?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare how Canada and/or America is viewed from the beginning of the book to the end of the book. Begin with the family's views of life across the ocean from Cracow, and continue the journey with the family as they emigrate to Canada. Give specific examples from the book to support your statements.

Essay Topic 2

Compare the meaning of friendship in Poland and Canada through the eyes of the author? What about her friendships in New York? Does she finally get the kind of friends she wants? How does she describe them?

Essay Topic 3

What is the difference, according to the author, between American women and their mothers and Polish women and their mothers? What kind of relationships do they have? How do emotions play into this?

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