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 embarrasses Gogol about the meal his mother has prepared for his and Maxine's visit?

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

3. What does Moushumi tell friends her name means?

4. What does Gogol sense about Maxine's reaction to the neighborhood where he lives?

5. What about New York City interests Gogol's parents?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. After Gogol breaks off his relationship with Maxine, who does his mother introduce him to?

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

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

9. What does Gogol do after graduating from college?

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

Gogol and Moushumi ended up divorcing. Tell why this happened and then follow the problems in the marriage that were there from the beginning. Be sure to include those problems that were directly related to the fact that they were both second-generation Indian immigrants. Do you think the author succeeded in separating the problems that were unique to immigrants from those that can be found in any marriage in America today? Why or why not? Cite examples 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

Ashoke's near-death experience is a theme of the novel. Describe this experience and how it affects his later decisions in life. Tell how those decisions affect the lives of the people close to him. Cite scenes or situations in the novel to support your answer.

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