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

2. Who did Nariman's family arrange for him to marry?

3. In a flashback, Nariman recalls a person who makes him happy. Who is it?

4. When Coomy calls in Dr. Tarapore, what is his concern about Nariman?

5. What does Jehangir propose to Murad on their way to school?

Short Essay Questions

1. What type of person is Coomy?

2. Describe how Nariman's arrival changes things for the Chenoy family.

3. What is Nariman's deepest regret?

4. Describe the ways in which Roxana, Jehangir, and Yezad react to Nariman's presence in their home.

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

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

7. What jobs does Vilas Rane hold?

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

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

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

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

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

For most of the story, Coomy seems to be the controlling factor among all the characters. Is Coomy truly concerned about her family? Is she materialistic? Nurturing? Selfish? All of the above? Focusing on Coomy's personality and the way she interacts with others, write a character description of Coomy.

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