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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. What dream does Nariman have that causes him to wake up screaming?
3. What proposition does Jal make to Yezad and Roxana?
4. What does Yezad tell Kapur happened while Kapur was out getting his blood pressure checked?
5. What arrives at Kapur's store that he get all excited about?
Short Essay Questions
1. What did Murad do in order to have enough money to buy Christmas presents for his family?
2. 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?
3. What impact does Mr. Kapur's decision about running for municipal council have on Yezad?
4. What happens with Kapur and the children when Kapur puts on his Santa costume?
5. What is significant about the introduction of Daisy Ichamora to Nariman?
6. What happens to Yezad's work situation after Kapur's death?
7. What can we learn about the relationship between Roxana and Yezad when Yezad tells Roxana he lost their money playing Matka?
8. 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?
9. What does Yezad ask Vilas to do about the Christmas decorations, and what is Vilas' reaction?
10. How does Jal try to placate Edul Munshi's wife while Edul finishes the work in Jal and Coomy's apartment?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
There are several negative forces in Family Matters: Coomy's nagging and crabbiness, Yasmin marrying for security instead of love, the constant search for money. And there are also several positive forces in the story: Yezad's search for faith, the love between Murad and Jehangir, Nariman's undying devotion to Lucy. Compare and contrast the positive and negative forces in Family Matters and show how each serve to move the story along and lend to its entirety.
Essay Topic 2
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?
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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