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

2. What does Gogol ask Moushumi at the end of their first date?

3. How did Moushumi's engagement end?

4. How do Gogol and Moushumi dress for their wedding reception?

5. How does Gogol know that his mother is nervous about meeting Maxine?

Short Essay Questions

1. What call does Ashima get while working on the Christmas cards?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses Gogol's romantic relationships to explore different aspects of his character. Follow the development of Gogol's romantic life throughout the book and examine Gogol's character in each relationship. Cite examples from the book to support your answers.

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 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.

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