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 Gogol/Nakhil feel when people who used to call him Gogol use his new name?

3. What does Gogol's father say after giving him a special gift for his fourteenth birthday?

4. What memory of the train wreck still haunts Ashima, even after his marriage and starting a new life in America?

5. What is the one complication about Gogol/Nikhil's new name?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ashima think about while in labor?

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

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

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

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

6. Who befriends Ashima at the hospital and how?

7. What job is Ashoke offered after finishing his college studies?

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

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

10. Why is Ashima afraid while in labor?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Ganguli family lifestyle is central to the story. Compare and contrast the Ganguli family's lifestyle to the lifestyle of the Ratliffs. Cite examples from the novel that show differences and explain how those differences are important to the story.

Essay Topic 2

Distance is one major theme in this novel. Explore the author's use of distance in the book, both physical and emotional, and tell how and where it is found and what the author accomplishes by using this theme. Cite examples from the story to support your answer.

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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