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 about New York City interests Gogol's parents?

2. Why does Ashima make her own Christmas cards?

3. How does Gogol feel about his frequent visits to Maxine's home?

4. What does Gogol do as soon as he gets the news of his father's death?

5. What embarrasses Gogol about the meal his mother has prepared for his and Maxine's visit?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Gogol do after graduating from college?

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

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

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

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

7. What do Gogol and Moushumi have in common when they first meet?

8. When bothers Gogol after he and Moushumi return to New York after a trip to Paris?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The author uses the character of Gogol's sister Sonia as a counterpoint to Gogol's character. Follow the development of her character throughout the book and show how her character differed from Gogol's and what the author accomplished through Sonia's character. Cite examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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

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