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 time of day was the train wreck?

2. What does Ashima do with most of the gifts Gogol gets at his second birthday party?

3. What does Ashoke do while pacing in the mens' waiting room at the hospital?

4. What was Ashoke doing the day he almost died?

5. What do guests say about Sonia at the rice ceremony?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ashima think about while in labor?

2. Why is Ashima afraid while in labor?

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

4. Why does Ashoke choose the name Nikhil for Gogol when he begins school?

5. What job is Ashoke offered after finishing his college studies?

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. What is Ashima doing when her water breaks?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ashoke's near-death experience is a theme of the novel. Describe this experience and how it affects his later decisions in life. Tell how those decisions affect the lives of the people close to him. Cite scenes or situations in the novel to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The author uses unexpected events to change the direction of the story. One such event is Ashoke's death, but there are others. Cite at least three other examples of other such events and tell how they change the direction of the plot.

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