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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 was Ashima's initial reaction to her first home in America?

2. When does the idea to change his name first occur to Gogol?

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

4. What two kinds of names do children in India usually receive?

5. How does Gogol go about changing his school documents that were completed using the name Gogol?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Gogol feel about his family during visits home from college?

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. What does Ashoke do for Gogol's fourteenth birthday?

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

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

10. What is Ashima doing when her water breaks?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Ashima Ganguli is a pivotal character in the novel. Explore the character of Ashima throughout the book and explain how she evolves. Focus on her independence, her acceptance of the American lifestyle and her support of her childrens' choice of lifestyles. Cite examples from the book to support your answers.

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