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 kind of wedding do Gogol and Moushumi decide on?

2. Who or what does Gogol fall in love with when he falls in love with Maxine?

3. Why does Ashima make her own Christmas cards?

4. How does Maxine treat Gogol's parents when they visit on their way to New Hampshire?

5. How do Gogol and Moushumi dress for their wedding reception?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Gogol finally learn about his father's death?

4. What does Gogol do after graduating from college?

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

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

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

8. When bothers Gogol after he and Moushumi return to New York after a trip to Paris?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Gogol's and his father's relationship change throughout the story? Where do they start, and where do they end up? What changes do they experience in that relationship? Trace their relationship throughout the book. Cite examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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

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