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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. After Gogol gives his reasons for changing his name, how do his parents respond?

2. What does Ashoke remember when he and Ashima bring Gogol home?

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

4. What happens when the Ganguli family enters the Dum Dum Airport?

5. Who will name Ashoke and Ashima's baby?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Gogol and Moushumi have in common when they first meet?

2. Why aren't Ashoke and Ashima concerned that they don't have a name picked out before the birth of their child?

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

4. 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?

5. How does Gogol plan to present Moushumi with the tickets?

6. What does Moushumi do while married to Gogol and feeling discontented with life?

7. Why is Ashima afraid while in labor?

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

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

10. Why does Gogol agree to visit his family when he'd rather go to New Hampshire with Maxine's family?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The author's descriptive style of writing is simple and straight-forward, helping her win a Pulitzer Prize. She uses it for both the story itself and to describe the settings. Do you believe this style works for both? Does this style work to delve deeply into the character's minds? Tell why you think the way you do. Did she do a better job of describing Indian immigrants or every-day native-born Americans? Tell why or why not. Cite examples from the novel to support your case.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The author's previous book is a book of short stories. Some of the criticism of this book is that it is jerky and seems more like a collection of short stories than a novel. Cite examples from the book that you believe led to this criticism. Do you agree that the plot movement is jerky? Why or why not? Cite examples to support your answer.

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