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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 request does Nariman make of Daisy after she first plays her violin for him?
2. What is Kapur's first step to becoming more like the common people?
3. How does Mrs. Kapur act when Yezad asks about his Christmas present from Mr. Kapur?
4. Who goes to help Nariman when he asks for the urinal?
5. What does Yezad think of as he sits with Nariman in the evening?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens to Yezad's work situation after Kapur's death?
2. What happens with Kapur and the children when Kapur puts on his Santa costume?
3. What effect has acting as homework monitor had on Jehangir?
4. As the family leaves Pleasant Villa for the last time, Roxana and Jehangir look out the car window and see the same bird, but each one interprets it differently. How do Roxana and Jehangir see the bird differently?
5. What are Mr. Kapur's wife's reasons for not wanting him to run for public office?
6. When Yezad wakes up during the night with chest pains, what does he attribute the cause to?
7. What can we learn about the relationship between Roxana and Yezad when Yezad tells Roxana he lost their money playing Matka?
8. What does Yezad learn when he calls Mr. Kapur to say he will not be in to work because of Coomy's death?
9. How does Jal try to placate Edul Munshi's wife while Edul finishes the work in Jal and Coomy's apartment?
10. What are some of Yezad's thoughts and actions in Chapter 15 that show he is changing?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
One of Kapur's reasons for not running for office is that his wife tells him that service to family comes before service to community. How is this theme carried throughout the story? Do you think Coomy and Roxana would have agreed with her? Why/why not?
Essay Topic 3
The title of the book could be interpreted in two ways: family is important and the issues and challenges of being a family. Tell how each interpretation could be supported by the events, action, and plot of the story.
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