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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. When Roxana and her family arrive for dinner, what is Coomy's reaction?

2. Why does Roxana stop Jehangir from explaining his book to Nariman?

3. What are Roxana and Yezad most concerned about when it looks like Nariman will be staying with them for a while?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What arguments to Vilas and his friends use to discourage Yezad from playing Matka?

2. What is Yezad's solution when both boys want to sleep on the balcony, and what does it tell you about Yezad's character?

3. 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?

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

5. Nariman is well known in the Bombay medical community. What evidence is there that his opinion is valued?

6. What does Murad do in Chapter 10 that angers Yezad, and why is this significant?

7. What examples can you find in Chapter 4 to prove that Coomy is selfish and only pretends to think of others first?

8. What is Coomy's excuse for wanting to move Nariman to Roxana's, and what is her real reason?

9. What is the significance of Yezad's visit to Villie Cardmaster?

10. Why is it important to Yezad that Kapur run for municipal office?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nariman is kept from following his heart by the tenets of his religious belief. What is this belief? How does it control his life? Is that a good thing? How could his life have been different if he had followed his heart?

Essay Topic 2

As the family moves into more comfortable lodgings, begins to have more money, and find other interests, they begin to lose touch with each other and with their own values. Show how this affects the characters individually and as a family. Is this a natural progression of events in this story? Is it true in life as well as in fiction?

Essay Topic 3

Compare the differences in Coomy, who seems to have everything, and Roxana, who has to scrape to get by. How does each woman relate to her family? Are the reasons for the differences caused by personality, social standing, security? Discuss which you think is the more balanced and happier of the two and tell why.

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