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

2. What do Gogol's parents think of his wanting to change his name?

3. Why does Gogol tell the judge he's changing his name?

4. What do Gogol/Nakhil's parents think about his relationship with Ruth?

5. What does Gogol's father give him on his fourteenth birthday?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Gogol do during the traditional rice ceremony when he is six months old?

2. How does Gogol react to the gifts he receives at his fourteenth birthday party?

3. Why doesn't Ashima's grandmother name their grandchild as Ashima and Ashoke requested?

4. How do Ashima and Ashoke feel about Ruth when they learn of their son's girlfriend?

5. What does Ashoke think about while Ashima is in labor?

6. Why doesn't the school call Gogol by the name Nikhil?

7. What happens when Gogol takes an English class in high school?

8. Why don't Ashima and Ashoke have a name picked out for their baby?

9. What does Ashima think about while in labor?

10. When Gogol is six, what event changes in the Ganguli family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gogol and Moushumi ended up divorcing. Tell why this happened and then follow the problems in the marriage that were there from the beginning. Be sure to include those problems that were directly related to the fact that they were both second-generation Indian immigrants. Do you think the author succeeded in separating the problems that were unique to immigrants from those that can be found in any marriage in America today? Why or why not? Cite examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

The author's descriptive style of writing is simple and straight-forward, helping her win a Pulitzer Prize. She uses it for both the story itself and to describe the settings. Do you believe this style works for both? Does this style work to delve deeply into the character's minds? Tell why you think the way you do. Did she do a better job of describing Indian immigrants or every-day native-born Americans? Tell why or why not. Cite examples from the novel to support your case.

Essay Topic 3

This book is the story of the lives of the Ganguli family that are both intertwined and separate. Tell how each family member's story is affected and changed by the actions of other members of the family. Explain how these interactions changes the outcome of the story.

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