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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 relation is Roxana to Jal and Coomy?

2. What reason does Coomy give to convince Roxana to let her father move in?

3. What does Nariman want Coomy to bring to the table as she prepares for his birthday dinner?

4. What do Coomy and Jal do at home to keep Nariman from coming back?

5. What does Coomy use to clean Nariman's teeth?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do you know of VIkram Kapur from the incidents in Chapter 7?

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

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

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

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

6. Describe Nariman's relationship with his grandsons.

7. Who are the Shiv Sena?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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