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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 Gogol decide to do a few weeks after moving away from his family and starting college?

2. What changes about the planned visit to India when Gogol is about a year old?

3. What's the first thing that causes Ashima and Ashoke to suspect she's pregnant?

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

5. What does Ashoke do that reminds Ashima of the time he visited her parents' home?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

6. What does Gogol decide to do when he turns eighteen?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Moushumi experiences much the same cultural ambivalence as Gogol. Explain why this is so and cite scenes from the book that show this ambivalence.

Essay Topic 2

The author uses the character of Gogol's sister Sonia as a counterpoint to Gogol's character. Follow the development of her character throughout the book and show how her character differed from Gogol's and what the author accomplished through Sonia's character. Cite examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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