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Translation Trivia Questions: Translation as an Agent of Social Change in the Past

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  1. What is the name of the Catholic saint whose feast day serves as International Translation Day?

  2. For what translation achievement is the saint in question #1 best known?

  3. Name one of several French translators who are known for translating the works of Shakespeare.

  4. The earliest translation activities in China date back to what dynasty (c. 1100 BC)?

  5. What city in Iraq was the center of a vast and ambitious translation enterprise in the ninth and tenth centuries?

  6. What, where, and when was the "Toledo school"?

  7. Name one of several noted female translators of the nineteenth century, or one of several feminist translation scholars of the twentieth century.

  8. Name one of the four best-known translators of the Koran into English.

  9. What three languages were involved in the armistice negotiation of World War I?

  10. Who was the chief interpreter of the Nuremberg Military Tribunal?

Answers to Trivia Questions

  1. Jerome

  2. Translating the Old Testament from Hebrew into Latin

  3. Pierre Le Tourneur, Pierre-Antoine de La Place, Jean-François Ducis, Victor Hugo, Alfred de Vigny, Emile Deschamps

  4. Zhou/Chou

  5. Baghdad

  6. Flourishing translation activity in Spain during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries

  7. Sara Austin, Harriet Waters Preston, George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), Constance Garnett, Lady Gregory, Susanne de Lotbinière-Harwood, Barbara Godard, Suzanne Jill Levine

  8. Sale, Palmer, Bell, Arberry

  9. English, French, German

  10. Léon Dostert

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