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 did Moushumi live while growing up?

2. What does Ashoke tell Ashima is the reason he's in the hospital?

3. Why do Moushumi and Gogol go to Paris after they are married?

4. How do Maxine's parents react to Gogol when he meets them?

5. What do Moushumi and Gogol talk about on their first date?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Gogol do after graduating from college?

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

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

5. Why does Ashima not fight her childrens' desires to live far away?

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

7. How does Gogol finally learn about his father's death?

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

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

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

Moushumi experiences much the same cultural ambivalence as Gogol. Explain why this is so and cite scenes from the book that show this ambivalence.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

How does Gogol's and his father's relationship change throughout the story? Where do they start, and where do they end up? What changes do they experience in that relationship? Trace their relationship throughout the book. Cite examples to support your answer.

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