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 does Gogol remember while returning to New York City after his father's death?

2. Where did Moushumi live while growing up?

3. What book does Moushumi look for that was inscribed for her by Dimitri?

4. How do the Ganguli family friends react to the news of Ashoke's death?

5. How does Maxine treat Gogol's parents when they visit on their way to New Hampshire?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Gogol do after graduating from college?

2. How does Gogol feel about Maxine's family?

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

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

5. What happens to change a friendly evening into an intimate encounter between Mushumi and Gogol?

6. Do Gogol and Mushumi marry immediately after meeting?

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

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

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

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

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

Ashima Ganguli is a pivotal character in the novel. Explore the character of Ashima throughout the book and explain how she evolves. Focus on her independence, her acceptance of the American lifestyle and her support of her childrens' choice of lifestyles. Cite examples from the book to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

This book is the story of the lives of the Ganguli family that are both intertwined and separate. Tell how each family member's story is affected and changed by the actions of other members of the family. Explain how these interactions changes the outcome of the story.

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