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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 kind of daily routine do Gogol and Maxine follow at the summer home in New Hampshire?
2. How has Dimitri changed since Moushumi first met him?
3. What are Moushumi and Gogol doing when he kisses her in her apartment?
4. Why is it important to Moushumi to know that she is still capable of living on her own?
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 do the Ratliffs do for Gogol in New Hampshire?
3. After Gogol breaks off his relationship with Maxine, who does his mother introduce him to?
4. What bothers Gogol when he goes to Paris with Moushumi when she lectures there?
5. What do Moushumi and Dimitri do when they meet?
6. What does Gogol do for Moushumi's Christmas gift?
7. How does Gogol plan to present Moushumi with the tickets?
8. Why does Ashima not fight her childrens' desires to live far away?
9. How do Gogol and Mushumi react to one another after all this time?
10. What call does Ashima get while working on the Christmas cards?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Gogol and Moushumi ended up divorcing. Tell why this happened and then follow the problems in the marriage that were there from the beginning. Be sure to include those problems that were directly related to the fact that they were both second-generation Indian immigrants. Do you think the author succeeded in separating the problems that were unique to immigrants from those that can be found in any marriage in America today? Why or why not? Cite examples to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
How is the marriage of Ashim and Ashoke Ganguli different from most American marriages? Cite examples to support your answer. Discuss some advantages or disadvantages of each kind of marriage as described in the novel.
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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