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 Maxine tell Gogol to do while in Ohio that he doesn't do after all?

2. What does Gogol get Moushumi as a Christmas gift?

3. Why does Ashima make her own Christmas cards?

4. Who wants to introduce Gogol to a girl he used to know as a child?

5. What does Maxine tell Gogol he should do while at his mother's house for the religious ceremony?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Gogol and Mushumi react to one another after all this time?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Do Gogol and Mushumi marry immediately after meeting?

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

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

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

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 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.

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