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The Namesake

The Namesake


by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Namesake: "Please, just call me Mr. Ganguli" Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around The Namesake? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. How does Ashima decide that Ashoke is the man she should marry?

She doesn't, she lets her parents decide
His academic prowess
She tries his shoes on
He guessed her name correctly
Q. Why doesn't the hospital let baby Gogol go home?

The billing department doesn't accept his parents' health insurance
The doctors keep thinking of more tests to run.
The hospital wants them to leave; the parents just ran out of gas in the parking lot
He does not yet have a name
Q. What does Gogol choose at his rice ceremony?

The pen
The dollar bill
Q. How many parties does Gogol have on his 14th birthday?

One, just like most Americans
Four, because the last digit of 14 is four
Two, one with his friends, and one with his parents' friends
Three, because things occur in threes
Q. Who does this quote describe?: "On more than one occasion [Ashoke] has come home from work to find ___________ morose, in bed, reading."?

Goldilocks, realizing that none of the porridges are just right