Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language Test | Final 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 did Eva's father settle into for work in Canada?

2. Who did the Wydra's stay with when they arrived in Vancouver?

3. What kind of food did the Wydra's have in their luggage from their trip?

4. What was Mr. Ostropov involved in politically back in Russia?

5. How, according to Eva, did girls act in Canada when talking about boys?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Canada's work ethic affect Eva's father and his view of himself?

2. What role did humor play in learning a new language for the Wydra's and especially Eva? What was it like for Eva to tell a joke? What did not translate from Polish to English?

3. Why did Eva choose English as the language she would write in when she received her new diary?

4. Shortly after the Wydra's arrived in Canada, Eva had a bad dream. What was it and why was it significant?

5. How did the concept of "internal goods" give Eva comfort and allow her to feel more comfortable with herself?

6. In Eva's attempt at secrecy, what role did Mrs. Steiner play? Why did Eva place her is this position? What characteristics did Mrs. Steiner have that made Eva behave differently towards her?

7. As Eva learned new words and expressions, why was she baffled by "You're welcome?"

8. How were Eva's views of communism different from her classmates?

9. How was Eva a "pretend teenager?"

10. Why did Eva's father struggle so much once the family was living in Canada?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How does Eva's mother lose parental control when the emigrate to Canada? Why is her mother unsure of how to parent in her new country? How would it be different had the family stayed in Poland?

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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