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 relation is Roxana to Jal and Coomy?

2. What does Nariman offer to do to help Jehangir?

3. How does Jal explain the constant hammering that Yezad asks about?

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

5. What service does Jehangir provide for Nariman?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are the Shiv Sena?

2. Who is Husain and what is his role in the story?

3. Describe the tactics Coomy uses to convince Roxana to let Nariman stay at Roxana's.

4. What is one of Coomy's worst fears and how is it realized?

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

6. How has the Chenoy family financial situation affected Murad and Jehangir?

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The death of Coomy seems to release the family from some of their stiffness or unease with each other. Jal becomes closer to Roxana and her family, and even Nariman seems to become more animated in his interactions with the family. What was it about Coomy that could have such an effect on the family? Was she conscious of what she was doing, or was Coomy totally unaware of the affect she had on those around her? Use incidents from the story to show how she could have acted differently toward her family.

Essay Topic 2

Yezad in intent upon furthering himself at work. Is his desire based on ambition, greed, or just a need to have more money? Would he be likely to accept the responsibility an advancement at work would require? Would Yezad make a good manager?

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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