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. Why do Coomy and Jal not want Nariman to go out alone?

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

3. How would Mr. Kapur's action affect Yezad?

4. According to Coomy, who is supposed to inherit Chateau Felicity?

5. What do Coomy and Jal hear Nariman doing whenever they pass the room he stays in while his ankle heals?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Nariman's relationship with his family?

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

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

4. What choices does Coomy make about caring for Nariman at home and why?

5. What was the result of Nariman's visit from Dr. Tarapore at the beginning of Chapter 8?

6. What does Roxana do with the plaster the doctor removes from Nariman's cast, and why is it significant to the rest of the story?

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

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

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

10. Describe Nariman's relationship with his grandsons.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who seem to be the stronger characters in Family Matters, the men or the women? Does that change through the course of the story? Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the characters and tell whether you think they are related to gender or are just an author's rendering.

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

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?

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