Family Matters Test | Final 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. What gift does Kapur give Yezad?

2. What does Yezad tell Jehangir that his name means?

3. How do Jehangir's parents react to being called to school on his behalf?

4. What awakens Yezad in the middle of the night?

5. What excuse does Kapur give for not running for municipal office?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens with Kapur and the children when Kapur puts on his Santa costume?

2. How does Jal try to placate Edul Munshi's wife while Edul finishes the work in Jal and Coomy's apartment?

3. 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?

4. What changes in behavior does Kapur make in order to become more like the common people?

5. In what ways do Jal and Yezad begin to act differently after Coomy and Kapur's deaths?

6. What did Murad do in order to have enough money to buy Christmas presents for his family?

7. How does Yezad's plan to coerce Kapur to run for municipal council backfire?

8. What happens to Yezad's work situation after Kapur's death?

9. What are some of Yezad's thoughts and actions in Chapter 15 that show he is changing?

10. What does Yezad ask Vilas to do about the Christmas decorations, and what is Vilas' reaction?

Essay Topics

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

Throughout the book there are references to the Parsi faith, to Shiv Sena, and to the conflict over changing Bombay to Mumbai. How much did these issues affect the lives of the people in the story, and how much do such issues affect everyday life? Use examples from history and/or current events to help you support your view.

Essay Topic 3

Who seem to be the stronger characters in Family Matters, the men or the women? Does that change through the course of the story? Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the characters and tell whether you think they are related to gender or are just an author's rendering.

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