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 happens while Moushumi and Gogol make love for the first time?

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

3. What does Gogol remember in the days after his first date with Moushumi?

4. Where did Moushumi live while growing up?

5. What are Moushumi and Gogol doing when he kisses her in her apartment?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What happens when Gogol takes Maxine to meet his family?

8. Do Gogol and Mushumi marry immediately after meeting?

9. How does Gogol plan to present Moushumi with the tickets?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author's previous book is a book of short stories. Some of the criticism of this book is that it is jerky and seems more like a collection of short stories than a novel. Cite examples from the book that you believe led to this criticism. Do you agree that the plot movement is jerky? Why or why not? Cite examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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