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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. How many invited Indian immigrants come to Gogol's second birthday party?

2. Why is the principal confused about Gogol's name?

3. What does the nurse do when Ashoke and Ashima are first together with their child?

4. What did Ashima do upon first meeting Ashoke when he visited her family home in India?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Ashima think about while in labor?

3. What happens to Gogol and Sonia while the family are sightseeing in India?

4. Why aren't Ashoke and Ashima concerned that they don't have a name picked out before the birth of their child?

5. What type of home do the Gangulis settle down in to raise their family?

6. Why does Ashoke choose the name Nikhil for Gogol when he begins school?

7. What does Gogol decide to do when he turns eighteen?

8. What do the Gangulis do differently when naming their daughter Sonali than they did when Gogol was born?

9. What happens when Gogol's train coming home from college is late?

10. What do the Ganguli family do during Ashoke's sabbatical?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The anger of second-generation immigrants who feel they are treated as second-class citizens is a theme in many novels. In this novel, the author uses the second-generation Indian immigrant Moushumi as an example of this anger. What happens in the novel that she sees as slights to her Indian heritage? How do these imagined slights affect her? How does her resulting anger affect her marriage to Gogol? Cite examples from the book to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

The author uses Gogol's romantic relationships to explore different aspects of his character. Follow the development of Gogol's romantic life throughout the book and examine Gogol's character in each relationship. Cite examples from the book to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

The author's previous book is a book of short stories. Some of the criticism of this book is that it is jerky and seems more like a collection of short stories than a novel. Cite examples from the book that you believe led to this criticism. Do you agree that the plot movement is jerky? Why or why not? Cite examples to support your answer.

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