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. When Eva and Alina arrived at school, what was the first English word that they understood?

3. On their trip to Vancouver, how much did four bowls of soup cost?

4. How many languages did Eva's mother speak?

5. What cartoon did Eva and her mother just not understand?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Eva believe that speech was a class signifier?

2. When Eva dreamed of staying in Poland, how did she imagine her life would have been had she stayed? What was "normal" to Eva and why did she believe that life in Poland would have been "normal?"

3. 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?

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

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

6. When Eva and her family arrived in Canada, how did Eva view the two parts of her life?

7. How did Mr. Ostropov play the role of the "mad Russian?"

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

9. What did Eva mean when she claimed to have "no interior language?"

10. When did Eva realize that discussing communism with her classmates was a waste of time?

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

According to Eva, when immigrants living in Canada say they love the country, what are they really saying? How does the idea of detachment play into this theory? Support your conclusions with quotes from the book.

Essay Topic 3

How does the author describe words as signals? What kind of signals do words give the author? How does she read the signals? Use 2-3 examples of signals as discussed in the book.

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