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. Why does Kashmira make a comment about a pretty foreign stamp on Khorshedbai's letter?

2. What does Nariman do to ensure that Jehangir will hear the rest of the Sarosh story?

3. What does Sarosh have trouble doing?

4. Why does Jehangir enjoy Nariman's story so much?

5. What is the only thing Jehangir's father has to say about Jehangir's relationship with the girl from college?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is it Jehangir's doing that he and his parents are going to visit Bhagwan Baba for advice on his new girlfriend?

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

3. In "Lend Me Your Light," why is Kersi's mother happy that Percy is friends with Jamshed?

4. Why does Nariman like to use big, new words when telling his stories to the boys?

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

6. What is it about Jamshed's letter to Kersi that disturbs Kersi so much?

7. How does Kersi's family hide the crumbling walls in the apartment?

8. How does Najamai turn out to be responsible for changing the neighbors' decision not to testify against the paying guests?

9. In "Exercisers," how does Jehangir feel about the boys who have come to college from the co-educational schools?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Paying Guests," how does Khorshedbai prove that "...no one will peck me to pieces?" Why does she use this metaphor to explain her anguished response to being pushed around?

Essay Topic 2

In the story, "Lend Me Your Light," Kersi wonders, "What would it take to light the lantern in (Jamshed's)...soul?" Explain the meaning of his musing.

Essay Topic 3

In the story "Of White Hairs and Cricket", the character, Kersi, has difficulty showing some of his emotions. What lesson is there to be learned by the reader by the end of the story? What does the author attempt to convey through Kersi's character?

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