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. Are there many children about Gogol''s age at his second birthday party?

2. Where do women in India go to have babies?

3. Why does Gogol tell the judge he's changing his name?

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

5. Why does the principal finally end up registering Gogol by his pet name?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who befriends Ashima at the hospital and how?

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

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

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

6. Why is Ashima afraid while in labor?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is the marriage of Ashim and Ashoke Ganguli different from most American marriages? Cite examples to support your answer. Discuss some advantages or disadvantages of each kind of marriage as described in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The author uses Gogol's romantic relationships to explore different aspects of his character. Follow the development of Gogol's romantic life throughout the book and examine Gogol's character in each relationship. Cite examples from the book to support your answers.

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