THE NAMESAKE by Jhumpa Lahiri – Study Materials


This resource offers some materials to help build out your classroom unit on The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.


· Brief Overview: Jhumpa Lahiri, Major Themes & Symbols in The Namesake

· Reading Check Quiz (with Answer Key)

· Study Questions (with Suggested Answers)

· The Namesake Test: 15 Multiple Choice Questions & 5 Short Answer Questions (with Answer Key)

· Connecting Quotes Activity

· Question Bank: 30 Questions for Discussion, Plus 10 Questions on Literary Elements

· Essay & Directed Thematic Analysis: The Namesake & Social Scripts”

The Test Portion

A literary studies test for Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel, The Namesake.

This resource has two parts, each on a different page so that if preferred the test can be given as (1) a 15-question multiple choice reading-review quiz and (2) a short-answer exam.

Together, these two pieces offer a concise way to evaluate student comprehension of the novel in terms of plot, character and theme while also offering a step toward deeper literary analysis in the short answer section.

Perfect for finishing a unit on the novel and getting students ready for an essay on The Namesake.

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