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The Namesake

The Namesake

by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Namesake: Themes (For the Most Part) True or False

1. Gogul's unhappiness from not fitting in and feeling culturally different than other Americans is an example of what theme? -> Dissatisfaction
2. Many of the The Namesake's characters struggle for identity for what reason? -> The tug of life between Indian traditions and American culture
3. Fill in the blank: Gogol has trouble creating a _____________ for himself. -> Sense of respect
4. 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
5. 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

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