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 does Moushumi do with Dimitri's resume?

2. How does Gogol feel about Maxine's actions the day after they meet?

3. What kind of daily routine do Gogol and Maxine follow at the summer home in New Hampshire?

4. What do Moushumi's friends decide about names?

5. What happened to one of the administrative assistants at NYU?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Gogol feel about Maxine's family?

2. How do Gogol and Mushumi react to one another after all this time?

3. Why does Gogol agree to visit his family when he'd rather go to New Hampshire with Maxine's family?

4. What do the Ratliffs do for Gogol in New Hampshire?

5. What does Gogol do after graduating from college?

6. What happens the day after Gogol meets a girl named Maxine?

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

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

9. What does Moushumi reveal about her past that she finds humiliating?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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