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. In Nariman's words, how would you complete this sentence, "the loss of home ...?

2. How much extra money does Roxana find in the budget envelopes?

3. What proposition does Jal make to Yezad and Roxana?

4. What does Jal tell Roxana and Yezad would happen if he had his way about things?

5. What is Kapur's reaction when Yezad asks for an advance?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe why both Roxana and Yezad are puzzled about the amount of money in the budget envelopes.

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

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

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

5. What effect has acting as homework monitor had on Jehangir?

6. What does Yezad learn when he calls Mr. Kapur to say he will not be in to work because of Coomy's death?

7. 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?

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

9. What impact does Mr. Kapur's decision about running for municipal council have on Yezad?

10. What can we learn about the relationship between Roxana and Yezad when Yezad tells Roxana he lost their money playing Matka?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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