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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In India, is it necessary to come up with a name for a child immediately after birth?
(a) Yes, because announcements cannot be sent out until the child has a name.
(b) Yes, because a name is extrememely important in India.
(c) Only if the child is in poor health and may not live long.
(d) No, because Indians believe names can wait.

2. What happens to Ashoke and Ashima within a decade of moving to America?
(a) They both become orphans.
(b) They lose touch with their families in India.
(c) They become true Americans.
(d) They seldom know what's going on with their families in India.

3. How does Ashima react to Gogol's time in pre-school?
(a) She is concerned that he will forget his Indian heritage.
(b) She is despondent, unused to being alone all over again.
(c) She finds herself at long last with time for herself.
(d) She wishes she could learn alongside him.

4. What place does Ashima recall while in labor?
(a) Her childhood home in India.
(b) No place, she's totally involved in her present situation.
(c) The lake she once visited as a child.
(d) The apartment she shares with her husband.

5. What do guests say about Sonia at the rice ceremony?
(a) She doesn't want to know her future.
(b) She'll always live between two cultures.
(c) She'll be important when she grows up.
(d) She is the true American.

6. As a young boy, how does Gogol feel about his name?
(a) He doesn't like it because he believes it marks him as different.
(b) He wishes it was more American.
(c) He hates being Gogol Ganjuli.
(d) He doesn't mind his name.

7. What does Gogol's father say after giving him a special gift for his fourteenth birthday?
(a) Nothing because he sees Gogol has ignored similar gifts.
(b) He hopes Gogol uses it wisely.
(c) He hopes Gogol likes it because it was rather expensive.
(d) He hopes Gogol doesn't forget his Indian heritage.

8. What's the first thing that causes Ashima and Ashoke to suspect she's pregnant?
(a) She faints.
(b) She throws up after breakfast.
(c) She gains weight quickly, which makes them suspect pregnancy.
(d) She accuses Ashoke of substituting salt for sugar.

9. In what type of neighborhood do the Gangulis finally purchase a home?
(a) Where Ashoke can get to work quickly.
(b) An ordinary area where plastic wading pools are left out on the lawns.
(c) In the country, where there are no neighbors to look down on them.
(d) In an historic area where they will be steeped in tradition.

10. What does Gogol give his mother as a gift when his baby sister is born?
(a) A bracelet he made at school.
(b) A pretty bow for her hair that his father helped him pick out at the store.
(c) A blanket for the baby.
(d) A picture of his family that he drew.

11. What happens when Gogol returns to school during his freshman year after meeting Ruth over the weekend?
(a) Gogol and Ruth have an argument.
(b) Some of Gogol's friends set him up with a girl they know.
(c) Gogol feels suffocated at school and asks to come home.
(d) Gogol and Ruth start seeing each other.

12. What does Ashima tell Ashoke as soon as they bring their baby home?
(a) She rebukes him for not having done the dishes.
(b) She says she can't do this.
(c) She tells him they are starting on a new journey in life.
(d) She says nothing; she is tired and needs her sleep.

13. What kind of people are Ashima's neighbors in her first home in America?
(a) Out-of-work Americans.
(b) Families of professors at Harvard.
(c) A mix of peoples from all over the world.
(d) Other immigrants from India.

14. Why is the principal confused about Gogol's name?
(a) The birth certificate and Gogol's father state different names for him.
(b) She doesn't understand about Indian pet names.
(c) She can't understand Ashoke's Indian accent.
(d) She can't figure out how to pronounce the unfamiliar name.

15. What kind of gifts does Gogol get at his second birthday party?
(a) Trading cards for his collection.
(b) Mementos of India.
(c) Baseballs, footballs and soccer balls.
(d) Dictionaries, calculators, sweaters, and pens.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Ashoke's career advance in Chapter 3?

2. What does the judge ask Gogol when he goes to court to change his name?

3. After the train wreck, what did Ashoke do which he believes saved his life?

4. What memory of the train wreck still haunts Ashima, even after his marriage and starting a new life in America?

5. What does the man who lends Ashoke the book on the train tell him that he should do?

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