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 the nurse do when Ashoke and Ashima are first together with their child?

2. Why is the principal confused about Gogol's name?

3. Why doesn't Gogol want to go to school when he begins Kindergarten?

4. What does Gogol do with the book his father gives him for his fourteenth birthday?

5. Why does Gogol's father take him to his first day of kindergarten?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why is Ashima afraid while in labor?

5. What does Ashima think about while in labor?

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

7. 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?

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

9. What does Ashima think of the name Gogol that is chosen by her husband for their baby?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

The author chooses to use a common third-person voice for the narrative, but tells the story as if in the present. This is not common in literature. Tell whether you think this works well for this story. Tell why or why not and support you case by citing examples from the book that you feel are best told this way or that would be better told differently.

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