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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 terrifies Ashima about having a child?

2. What place does Ashima recall while in labor?

3. In what type of neighborhood do the Gangulis finally purchase a home?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Ashima afraid while in labor?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Gogol and Moushumi ended up divorcing. Tell why this happened and then follow the problems in the marriage that were there from the beginning. Be sure to include those problems that were directly related to the fact that they were both second-generation Indian immigrants. Do you think the author succeeded in separating the problems that were unique to immigrants from those that can be found in any marriage in America today? Why or why not? Cite examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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