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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. Why does Yezad go to the store where he works on Christmas day?
2. How does Mrs. Kapur act when Yezad asks about his Christmas present from Mr. Kapur?
3. How does Edul's wife describe Nariman's home?
4. What does Edul say he must use to repair Nariman's room?
5. How does Roxana react when Yezad tells her he has lost all their money?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Jal take money from his account and go to visit Roxana?
2. Describe why both Roxana and Yezad are puzzled about the amount of money in the budget envelopes.
3. What does Yezad ask Vilas to do about the Christmas decorations, and what is Vilas' reaction?
4. When Yezad wakes up during the night with chest pains, what does he attribute the cause to?
5. What happens to Yezad's work situation after Kapur's death?
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. What did Murad do in order to have enough money to buy Christmas presents for his family?
9. How does Yezad's plan to coerce Kapur to run for municipal council backfire?
10. 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?
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
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
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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