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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 upsets the inspector most about the Parsi community?
2. What arrives at Kapur's store that he get all excited about?
3. What message does Mrs. Kapur have for Yezad when he meets her at the store?
4. Who finally helps Nariman with the urinal?
5. How do Coomy and Edul Munshi die?
Short Essay Questions
1. What effect has acting as homework monitor had on Jehangir?
2. When Yezad wakes up during the night with chest pains, what does he attribute the cause to?
3. In what ways do Jal and Yezad begin to act differently after Coomy and Kapur's deaths?
4. What can we learn about the relationship between Roxana and Yezad when Yezad tells Roxana he lost their money playing Matka?
5. What happens with Kapur and the children when Kapur puts on his Santa costume?
6. What are Mr. Kapur's wife's reasons for not wanting him to run for public office?
7. What does Yezad learn when he calls Mr. Kapur to say he will not be in to work because of Coomy's death?
8. What is significant about the introduction of Daisy Ichamora to Nariman?
9. What excuses do Roxana and Yezad make for Jehangir when his teacher tells them Jehangir has been taking bribes as homework monitor? How is Jehangir punished?
10. Why does Jal take money from his account and go to visit Roxana?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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