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 does Ashima try to make for a midnight snack?

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

3. What bad news does Ashima receive from her family in India soon after Gogol's birth?

4. What about the house becomes one of Gogol's earliest memories?

5. After the train wreck, what did Ashoke do which he believes saved his life?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who befriends Ashima at the hospital and how?

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

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

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

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

6. What does Ashima think about while in labor?

7. Why doesn't Ashima's grandmother name their grandchild as Ashima and Ashoke requested?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What significance does the title of this book hold? Why would the book be called this? Why would the book be called this? What does it symbolize within the novel? Please explore the meaning of the title through the character of Gogol.

Essay Topic 2

Moushumi enters the book somewhat late in the story and doesn't remain to the end, but she is central to the development of Gogol's character. Trace her actions through the story. Why does she act as she does? Are her actions pivotal to the plot or can the story follow the same course to the same conclusion without her character? Why or why not? Support your answer with examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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