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 instrument does Roxana's neighbor play?

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

3. What is the alternative name suggested for Bombay?

4. Which of the following seems most sensitive to Nariman's needs?

5. What is Roxana's advice to Jehangir about writing a book?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

6. What is the subject of Nariman's flashbacks, and why is mention of his flashbacks important to the story?

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

8. Describe Coomy's action and Nariman's reaction when Nariman asks Coomy to clean his teeth.

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

10. What jobs does Vilas Rane hold?

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

The author of Family Matters uses flashback to fill in parts of the story. Through whose eyes do we experience the flashbacks and how are they important to the story? Do the flashbacks help you learn any more about the character than what the front story tells? Is this a useful technique to employ in this story? Why/why not?

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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