Family Matters Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is revealed about Yezad's background in Chapter 2?

2. What does Nariman tell Roxana when she takes him in?

3. Because of her many rules and constant crabbing, Nariman thinks Coomy is best suited for which of the following positions?

4. How does Coomy hope to combat the smell of Nariman's bowel movements?

5. Why are Jehangir and Murad excited about having Nariman stay with them?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the subject of Nariman's flashbacks, and why is mention of his flashbacks important to the story?

2. What is the difference in how Coomy and Nariman feel after Roxana and her family leave?

3. What do you know of VIkram Kapur from the incidents in Chapter 7?

4. Describe the atmosphere in the Vakeel home after Roxana and her family arrive.

5. Describe the living conditions for the Chenoy family.

6. What effect is Nariman's prolonged stay having on Roxana and Yezad, and what does Nariman tell them to do about it?

7. Describe Roxana's relationship with Coomy and Jal.

8. What is Nariman's deepest regret?

9. What is Dr. Tarapore's diagnosis when Coomy and Jal consult him about Nariman's crying episodes?

10. What is the basis of the argument between Coomy and Roxana at the beginning of Chapter 9? How is this argument different from others they have had?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When using the good china for Murad's birthday reminds the family that one of Nariman's beliefs was that people should "take pleasure in the beautiful things to defeat the sadness and sorrow of life." How did Nariman live up to that belief? Did any other characters in the story follow his lead? How is that philosophy revealed throughout the story?

Essay Topic 2

There are several negative forces in Family Matters: Coomy's nagging and crabbiness, Yasmin marrying for security instead of love, the constant search for money. And there are also several positive forces in the story: Yezad's search for faith, the love between Murad and Jehangir, Nariman's undying devotion to Lucy. Compare and contrast the positive and negative forces in Family Matters and show how each serve to move the story along and lend to its entirety.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the book there are references to the Parsi faith, to Shiv Sena, and to the conflict over changing Bombay to Mumbai. How much did these issues affect the lives of the people in the story, and how much do such issues affect everyday life? Use examples from history and/or current events to help you support your view.

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