The Namesake Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Ashoke do after the train wreck when he had nightmares at night and couldn't sleep?

2. How does the breakup between Gogol/Nakhil and Ruth happen?

3. In India, is it necessary to come up with a name for a child immediately after birth?

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

5. What place does Ashima recall while in labor?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is Ashima doing when her water breaks?

5. What does Ashima think about while in labor?

6. How are the Ganguli family plans changed while preparing for a visit to India when Gogol is a year old?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The author uses unexpected events to change the direction of the story. One such event is Ashoke's death, but there are others. Cite at least three other examples of other such events and tell how they change the direction of the plot.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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