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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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