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 argument does Coomy use to leave Nariman at Roxana's house a while longer?

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

3. Who does Coomy initially ask for help when Nariman is brought home with an injured ankle?

4. What does Jehangir reveal to his family that he wants to write a book about?

5. When does Coomy intend to let Nariman come home?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe Nariman's relationship with his grandsons.

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

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

9. What type of person is Coomy?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the techniques Mistry uses in Family Matters is humor. Describe some of the humorous incidents in the story and tell how they help to move the story along by relieving tension, revealing more about characters, or just providing a break in the narrative.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

At the beginning of the story, Yezad scoffs at Coomy's religious practices, but has done a complete turn-around by the end of the story. Trace the changes in Yezad throughout the story, focusing on what caused him to change and whether you think he was always sincere in his beliefs.

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