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 Moushumi tell friends her name means?

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

3. Why did Moushumi walk out of a hair salon?

4. What had Moushumi's family done to find her a husband?

5. What happened to one of the administrative assistants at NYU?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Do Gogol and Mushumi marry immediately after meeting?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The anger of second-generation immigrants who feel they are treated as second-class citizens is a theme in many novels. In this novel, the author uses the second-generation Indian immigrant Moushumi as an example of this anger. What happens in the novel that she sees as slights to her Indian heritage? How do these imagined slights affect her? How does her resulting anger affect her marriage to Gogol? Cite examples from the book to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Distance is one major theme in this novel. Explore the author's use of distance in the book, both physical and emotional, and tell how and where it is found and what the author accomplishes by using this theme. Cite examples from the story to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

The author's descriptive style of writing is simple and straight-forward, helping her win a Pulitzer Prize. She uses it for both the story itself and to describe the settings. Do you believe this style works for both? Does this style work to delve deeply into the character's minds? Tell why you think the way you do. Did she do a better job of describing Indian immigrants or every-day native-born Americans? Tell why or why not. Cite examples from the novel to support your case.

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