The Namesake Test | Final 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 unexpected effect does the wedding have on Gogol and Moushumi?

2. How often does Ashima see Ashoke while he's working in Ohio?

3. What does Gogol do after window shopping with Moushumi?

4. What catches Moushumi's eye as she goes through Alice's desk?

5. Who does Ashima try to contact first after learning of Ashoke's death?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of wedding do Gogol and Moushumi have?

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

3. Why doesn't Gogol know immediately of his father's death?

4. What does Gogol do when he learns of his father's death?

5. What bothers Gogol when he goes to Paris with Moushumi when she lectures there?

6. Why does Ashima not fight her childrens' desires to live far away?

7. What does Gogol do for Moushumi's Christmas gift?

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

9. What happens to change a friendly evening into an intimate encounter between Mushumi and Gogol?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

How is the marriage of Ashim and Ashoke Ganguli different from most American marriages? Cite examples to support your answer. Discuss some advantages or disadvantages of each kind of marriage as described in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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