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The Namesake

The Namesake


by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Namesake: Themes (For the Most Part) Quiz

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Q. Gogul's unhappiness from not fitting in and feeling culturally different than other Americans is an example of what theme?

Difficulty of choosing a good name for a baby
Teen angst
Q. Many of the The Namesake's characters struggle for identity for what reason?

Pressure to get into Harvard
Pressure from their parents
The tug of life between Indian traditions and American culture
Unsure of what their Facebook status is
Q. Fill in the blank: Gogol has trouble creating a _____________ for himself.

Search engine
Sense of respect
Q. How each character feels about his or her identity as an Indian, American, or Indian-American affects their what?

Desire to move away from home
Romantic decision-making
Willingness to go on a blind date arranged by their parents
Q. When Gogol notices that Moushumi is gloomy after her visits to Astrid and Donald, he believes that seeing the couple is a reminder that what?

Gogol and Moushumi's lives will never match up
Moushumi will never learn to cook as well
Gogol and Moushumi will never have as many friends
Moushumi still has feelings for Donald