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

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

3. As Ashoke waits while Ashima gives birth, who does he thank for his survival and this miracle of new life about to begin?

4. What does Gogol decide to do a few weeks after moving away from his family and starting college?

5. Who else visits the baby Gogol in the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is Ashima doing when her water breaks?

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

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

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

8. At college after changing his name, how does Gogol react to being called by his new name?

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

10. What did Ashoke swear to do during his long recovery from the injuries he received during a train wreck when he was a young man?

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

How does Gogol's and his father's relationship change throughout the story? Where do they start, and where do they end up? What changes do they experience in that relationship? Trace their relationship throughout the book. Cite examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Ashoke's near-death experience is a theme of the novel. Describe this experience and how it affects his later decisions in life. Tell how those decisions affect the lives of the people close to him. Cite scenes or situations in the novel to support your answer.

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