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. Which of the following best describes the home Roxana and her family live in?

2. Why does Phoola Phoola quit?

3. What is the subject of the argument between Roxana and Coomy?

4. Why does Yezad not use Mr. Kapur's first name during work hours?

5. How does Yezad get to work?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Compare the differences in Coomy, who seems to have everything, and Roxana, who has to scrape to get by. How does each woman relate to her family? Are the reasons for the differences caused by personality, social standing, security? Discuss which you think is the more balanced and happier of the two and tell why.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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