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 two things bring Yezad comfort as the story nears its end?

2. What does Yezad do with his application papers for emigration to Canada?

3. What does Jal find when he goes to visit Nariman at Pleasant Villa?

4. What message does Mrs. Kapur have for Yezad when he meets her at the store?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Jal take money from his account and go to visit Roxana?

4. When Yezad wakes up during the night with chest pains, what does he attribute the cause to?

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

6. What are Mr. Kapur's wife's reasons for not wanting him to run for public office?

7. 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?

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The death of Coomy seems to release the family from some of their stiffness or unease with each other. Jal becomes closer to Roxana and her family, and even Nariman seems to become more animated in his interactions with the family. What was it about Coomy that could have such an effect on the family? Was she conscious of what she was doing, or was Coomy totally unaware of the affect she had on those around her? Use incidents from the story to show how she could have acted differently toward her family.

Essay Topic 2

Late in the book, Yezad discovers that there are really only two things that matter: religion and family. Show how both elements were important throughout the book to individual characters as well as methods by which Mistry told the story.

Essay Topic 3

Nariman is kept from following his heart by the tenets of his religious belief. What is this belief? How does it control his life? Is that a good thing? How could his life have been different if he had followed his heart?

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