The Namesake Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer 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. Where do Moushumi and Gogol meet for their first date?

3. Where do Moushumi and Dimitri first meet for lunch?

4. Why can't Ashima get hold of Gogol to tell him of his father's death?

5. How does Gogol feel when he and Moushumi return from Paris to America and attend parties?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The author uses unexpected events to change the direction of the story. One such event is Ashoke's death, but there are others. Cite at least three other examples of other such events and tell how they change the direction of the plot.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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