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 kind of part-time job does Ashima get in chapter 7?

2. What does Ashima do before Christmas while Ashoke is in Ohio?

3. How did Moushumi's engagement end?

4. What does a waiter think when he sees Gogol and Moushumi together?

5. Was Moushumi's fiance comfortable with her Indian heritage?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Gogol do for Moushumi's Christmas gift?

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. What does Moushumi reveal about her past that she finds humiliating?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Ganguli family lifestyle is central to the story. Compare and contrast the Ganguli family's lifestyle to the lifestyle of the Ratliffs. Cite examples from the novel that show differences and explain how those differences are important to the story.

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

Gogol's resistance to Indian traditions is a theme in this novel, but several times he return to those traditions. One time is after his father's death but there are others. Cite at least three times he returned willingly to his Indian traditions and what resulted from those choices. Do you think the author's decision to keep him coming back to those traditions helped or hindered the story? Support your answer with examples from the book.

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