Swimming Lessons 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 "Exercisers," what do Jehangir's parents want Bhagwan Baba to decide about?

2. What does Jehangir plan on telling Behroze when he visits her while her parents and Shanti are gone?

3. What is the three-monkeys principle?

4. Where does Kersi begin to feel as part of the crowds again in Bombay?

5. At the end of "Squatter," what tale does Nariman agree to tell the next time?

Short Essay Questions

1. What problem does Boman have with taking Mr Karani's advice to not take in paying guests?

2. In "Of White Hairs and Cricket," why does Daddy have Kersi pulling the white hairs out of his head?

3. In "The Paying Guests," why does Khorshedbai feel she is justified in leaving garbage spread around the veranda?

4. Why does Kersi remember the word ghati with shame?

5. What does Sarosh's troubles in Toronto really reflect upon?

6. Why does Jehangir stop going to the Hanging Gardens?

7. Why is it that Khorshedbai's husband, Ardesar, does not question his wife's disgusting actions against the landlord?

8. What do Jehangir's mother and Behroze, two very different women, have in common?

9. What is an example of Kersi holding back his true feelings?

10. Why does Kersi want to cry at the end of the story, "Of White Hairs and Cricket?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Ghost of Firozsha Baag," examine the relationship between the ayah and the bai. Relate their relationship to the social caste system in India.

Essay Topic 2

Within the story, "Swimming Lessons," Father tells Mother not to confuse fact with fiction or vice versa. What is his point? How does madness become a result of this?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the book, the author has characters which overlap in the stories. What is the main theme that is embedded within all of the stories? Does the main theme encourage the reader to care about the characters in the Firozsha Baag?

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