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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 memory of the train wreck still haunts Ashima, even after his marriage and starting a new life in America?

2. What happens when Gogol returns to school during his freshman year after meeting Ruth over the weekend?

3. How do Ashoke and Ashima give in to American customs?

4. What two kinds of parties does Gogol have for his fourteenth birthday?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who befriends Ashima at the hospital and how?

3. What call does Ashima get while working on the Christmas cards?

4. What do Moushumi and Dimitri do when they meet?

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

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

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

8. How does Gogol react to the gifts he receives at his fourteenth birthday party?

9. What does Ashima do by herself with her husband in Ohio?

10. How are the Ganguli family plans changed while preparing for a visit to India when Gogol is a year old?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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