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 Dimitri's neighborhood remind Moushumi of?

2. Where do Moushumi and Dimitri first meet for lunch?

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

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

5. What does Ashoke tell Ashima is the reason he's in the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. After Gogol breaks off his relationship with Maxine, who does his mother introduce him to?

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

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

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

6. Why does Gogol agree to visit his family when he'd rather go to New Hampshire with Maxine's family?

7. Do Gogol and Mushumi marry immediately after meeting?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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