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

2. Why did Moushumi walk out of a hair salon?

3. What does Moushumi tell friends her name means?

4. How is the Ratliff's house in New Hampshire different from the one in New York City?

5. Who wants to introduce Gogol to a girl he used to know as a child?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Gogol and Moushumi decide to do with the money they receive as wedding presents?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What significance does the title of this book hold? Why would the book be called this? Why would the book be called this? What does it symbolize within the novel? Please explore the meaning of the title through the character of Gogol.

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

One main theme of this novel is culture shock. Cite instances from the book that can exemplify possible real life experiences of any second-generation immigrant to America and that are not just examples Indian-American immigrants might experience. Do you believe this book is more about culture shock or about the Indian American experience? Cite examples to support your answer.

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