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. Where had Moushumi been at the time of Ashoke's funeral?

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

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

4. What does Moushumi tell friends her name means?

5. What unexpected effect does the wedding have on Gogol and Moushumi?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Gogol do after graduating from college?

3. What does Ashima do by herself with her husband in Ohio?

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

5. Do Gogol and Mushumi marry immediately after meeting?

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

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

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

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

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

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 chooses to use a common third-person voice for the narrative, but tells the story as if in the present. This is not common in literature. Tell whether you think this works well for this story. Tell why or why not and support you case by citing examples from the book that you feel are best told this way or that would be better told differently.

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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