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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 proposition does Jal make to Yezad and Roxana?
2. What happens to Yezad when he stops at the temple and stays for prayers?
3. What is Nariman's observation about how Coomy died?
4. In Nariman's words, how would you complete this sentence, "the loss of home ...?
5. What is the good omen that Roxana sees as the family leaves Pleasant Villa?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Jal take money from his account and go to visit Roxana?
2. What does Yezad ask Vilas to do about the Christmas decorations, and what is Vilas' reaction?
3. What does Yezad learn when he calls Mr. Kapur to say he will not be in to work because of Coomy's death?
4. What can we learn about the relationship between Roxana and Yezad when Yezad tells Roxana he lost their money playing Matka?
5. What are some of Yezad's thoughts and actions in Chapter 15 that show he is changing?
6. What is significant about the introduction of Daisy Ichamora to Nariman?
7. What did Murad do in order to have enough money to buy Christmas presents for his family?
8. What effect has acting as homework monitor had on Jehangir?
9. Describe why both Roxana and Yezad are puzzled about the amount of money in the budget envelopes.
10. What happens with Kapur and the children when Kapur puts on his Santa costume?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
At the beginning of the story, Yezad scoffs at Coomy's religious practices, but has done a complete turn-around by the end of the story. Trace the changes in Yezad throughout the story, focusing on what caused him to change and whether you think he was always sincere in his beliefs.
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
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.
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