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. How do Gogol and his friends celebrate his fourteenth birthday party?

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

3. What does the judge ask Gogol when he goes to court to change his name?

4. How does Ashoke's career advance in Chapter 3?

5. What about the house becomes one of Gogol's earliest memories?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. What is Ashima doing when her water breaks?

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

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

7. When Gogol is six, what event changes in the Ganguli family?

8. What type of home do the Gangulis settle down in to raise their family?

9. Who befriends Ashima at the hospital and how?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Distance is one major theme in this novel. Explore the author's use of distance in the book, both physical and emotional, and tell how and where it is found and what the author accomplishes by using this theme. Cite examples from the story to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Moushumi enters the book somewhat late in the story and doesn't remain to the end, but she is central to the development of Gogol's character. Trace her actions through the story. Why does she act as she does? Are her actions pivotal to the plot or can the story follow the same course to the same conclusion without her character? Why or why not? Support your answer with examples from the book.

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