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. Where do Moushumi and Gogol meet for their first date?

2. What does the Ratliff's move to New Hampshire every year remind Gogol of?

3. What happened to Gogol's relationship with Maxine after his father died?

4. What are Moushumi and Gogol doing when he kisses her in her apartment?

5. What do Moushumi and Gogol talk about on their first date?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What bothers Gogol when he goes to Paris with Moushumi when she lectures there?

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

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

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

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

7. What happens when Gogol takes Maxine to meet his family?

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

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

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

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 2

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.

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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