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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Ashima do upon first meeting Ashoke when he visited her family home in India?
(a) She impulsively stepped into the strange American shoes at the door.
(b) She said she didn't want to meet anyone from America.
(c) She changed into her most beautiful sari before meeting him.
(d) She asked him about his travels, especially about America.

2. What terrifies Ashima about having a child?
(a) The difficulty of getting her figure back afterwards.
(b) The pain of childbirth.
(c) Caring for a child with an absent husband.
(d) Raising it in a place so far from home.

3. Are there many children about Gogol''s age at his second birthday party?
(a) Only one, a girl named Moushumi.
(b) He and Sonia are the only children, the guests are his parents' friends.
(c) Most of the children are about Gogol's age.
(d) There are a few his age, most are older.

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

5. What two kinds of parties does Gogol have for his fourteenth birthday?
(a) One with family and one with school friends.
(b) One at home and one at a pizza parlor.
(c) One with friends from school and one with Indian friends of his family.
(d) One on his actual birthday, another on the weekend when it's convenient.

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

7. What does the man who lends Ashoke the book on the train tell him that he should do?
(a) Travel and see the world.
(b) Meet the mans' family at the end of the trip.
(c) Read widely as that is the same as traveling the world.
(d) Be glad he has family that loves him.

8. How many invited Indian immigrants come to Gogol's second birthday party?
(a) So many that they spill into the back yard.
(b) A handful because most are too busy to come.
(c) No one comes and the family is upset for Gogol's sake.
(d) Close to forty people.

9. What does Ashoke do that reminds Ashima of the time he visited her parents' home?
(a) He takes his shoes off, as is customary in India.
(b) He polishes his shoes fastidiously.
(c) He tells her how beautiful she is when she dresses up for him.
(d) He goes out of his way to learn American ways and tell her about them.

10. What was Ashoke doing the day he almost died?
(a) He was climbing a mountain.
(b) He was helping his parents clean the yard.
(c) He was reading a book.
(d) He was crossing a street just like every other day.

11. As Ashoke waits while Ashima gives birth, who does he thank for his survival and this miracle of new life about to begin?
(a) God, he is a very religious man.
(b) Gogol, the Russian writer who saved his life in the train wreck.
(c) The man who lent him the book that saved his life.
(d) All the people of his family who came before him.

12. How does a book save Ashoke's life?
(a) It doesn't have anything to do with his survival.
(b) The book is like a warning and he avoids disaster.
(c) He is reading it and, thus, is in a safe place during the train wreck.
(d) It stops a piece of flying metal that could have killed him.

13. What did Gogol do at his birthday party with friends that he'd never done before?
(a) He said no to a frosted cake and ice cream.
(b) He got presents from friends, something his parents had not allowed before.
(c) He finally had a frosted cake and ice cream.
(d) He had a boy-girl party with dancing.

14. How does Gogol/Nakhil feel when people who used to call him Gogol use his new name?
(a) He wishes they'd still call him Gogol, he's used to it.
(b) He finds it startling.
(c) He wonders how they can keep his names straight.
(d) He is pleased that they understand how important it is to him.

15. What about the house becomes one of Gogol's earliest memories?
(a) The movement of the sun's rays across his bedroom floor.
(b) The sound of the kids next door playing baseball.
(c) Playing in the dirt because there is no yard yet.
(d) His parents discussing how to furnish their new home.

Short Answer Questions

1. What concerns Ashima about Sonia as she grows up?

2. What do the Gangulis do with their home while they are in India?

3. Where does Gogol first begin to introduce himself to people as Nikhil?

4. What kind of people are Ashima's neighbors in her first home in America?

5. On the plane, why is Gogol happy to sit apart from his parents?

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