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 kind of facade did the synagogue in Poland have?

3. Who did Eva go to Christian church with when she was young?

4. Where did Eva's father hide his foreign currency?

5. In the winter, how did Eva's mother transport her to school?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. How did Eva's mother view the idea of being lazy for women?

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

4. 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?

5. Why did Eva's parents go to synagogue and practice religion?

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

7. 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?

8. How did Eva feel about national pride?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the final layer of English that Eva must conquer? What is the final key to Eva's understanding of the English language? How does this affect her becoming a full American?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the story, explain the meaning of "being Jewish" to the author. Give examples of how she explains her "Jewishness" at different times in her life and how her views of her ethnic background changes with each major geographical move in her life.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the role of music and its importance to Eva throughout the memoir. Explain how her love of the the piano begins and what shape her music lesson take in Poland and then in Canada and beyond. How is a career in music viewed in Poland compared to a career in music elsewhere? Give examples from the book to support your discussion.

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