Nomita wished to send her mother some money secretly. But she failed to do that as she was uneducated and unemployed. Prepare an article for your school magazine about the ‘Role of Education and Employment in Women Empowerment.’

Score: 6
March 2020

Nomita, in the story ‘Matchbox,’ is often insulted and humiliated by her husband, Ajit. Sometimes, he hurts her feelings very much. Imagine that Nomita meets Ratna (the character mentioned in ‘Horegallu’), and she narrates the incidents of her life with Ajit to Ratna. Prepare the likely narrative.

Score: 8
March 2021

According to recent studies, in our country, every four minutes, one woman faces domestic violence. In ‘Matchbox’, we get a glimpse of this reality. After reading the story “Matchbox”, you decide to write about the hardships of Nomita, in your personal
blog (an online diary). Prepare the blogpost.
You may use the following hints.
(Struggles, challenges, lack of identity, humiliation)  

Score: 6
March 2021

‘Those who whine day and night and hold out their palms to their son-in-law, they’re the high class people ! A dung-picker’s daughter becomes a queen.’ This is how Ajit responds to Nomita, when she called him ‘a vulgar man’. What do you think of the
character of Ajit ? Write a brief sketch of his character. You may use the hints given below.
(ego and prejudice – insults his wife – but fears the inner fire of Nomita – keeps the image of a gentleman)

Score: 5
March 2021

‘She grabs Ajit’s matchbox on the table, lights a matchstick and touches it to her sari.’ This is how Nomita in ‘Matchbox’ responds to the humilitation of her husband. What is
your opinion of Nomita’s impulsive reaction ? Write your answer in a paragraph. 

Score: 4
March 2021

Nomita, in the story ‘Matchbox’ faces many insults from her husband Ajit. At last, one day, she tells her sister-in-law the whole story. Prepare the likely conversation between the two women, in at least four exchanges. 

Score: 4
March 2021

‘I used to lift a hot pot of water off the stove – and that did it.’ Here, Nomita in ‘Matchbox’ tries to hide her problems from the other members of the family. Do you justify her action ? Why/why not ?

Score: 4
March 2021

In the story ‘Matchbox’, Nomita’s mother keeps on writing letters to her, complaining about her hardships and misfortunes. What is your view of the character of Nomita’s mother ? Answer in a paragraph. 

Score: 4
March 2021

A discussion was held in your class on the topic ‘Domestic Violence’. One of your friends remarked, ‘If we are to fight discrimination and injustice against women, we must start from the home, for if a woman cannot be safe in her own house then she cannot be expected to feel safe anywhere.” Write four points supporting this opinion.  

Score: 4
March 2021


Ajit did not give Nomita an easy time. He belittled and insultd her, using harsh words. You are Ajit’s friend. Write four pieces of advice you would give Ajit.
You may use expressions like :  Ajit, I think you should…/ Why don’t you…/ If I were you…/ Why can’t you… 

Score: 4
March 2021