A Passage to India Test | Mid-Book 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. Who is not one of the people that Cyril Fielding meets with regarding Dr. Aziz's situation?

2. Who says to Mrs. Moore, "You're superior to them, anyway. Don't forget that. You're superior to everyone in India except one or two of the Ranis, and they're on an equality"?

3. After talking to Mrs. Moore and discussing Mr. Callendar, Dr. Aziz decides that she is_____.

4. What is described in Chapter 12?

5. Who says, "nothing embraces the whole of India, nothing, nothing, and that was Akbar's mistake."

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the plans to go to the cave get rekindled?

2. What are Cyril Fielding's opinions of the English occupation?

3. Why is Major Callendar upset at Dr. Aziz?

4. What happens when the party returns from the caves to Chandrapore?

5. Why does Mrs. Moore go back to England?

6. Describe the evidence against Dr. Aziz.

7. What role does the climate play within the novel?

8. Who are Aziz's friends, and how can they be described?

9. Describe the setting of the novel.

10. What is Aziz's reaction to Adela Quested's question before they enter the caves?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often in novels, authors use one or more characters to argue their own viewpoints. Research Forster's own viewpoints. What character or set of characters do you think that Forster is using to communicate his own viewpoints? Is there a specific character that can be defined as Forster?

Essay Topic 2

The rumor of Adela and Fielding's relationship seems to snowball during the novel. At first it is a small rumor. Finally it affects the friendship of Aziz and Fielding. What role do rumors play in the novel? Specifically, how do rumors develop and how important are they? Who spreads rumors? Who avoids rumors?

Essay Topic 3

Mr. McBryde opens with "everyone knows the man's guilty," then goes on to give the details of the "assault." He ends by remarking that the darker races are physically attracted by the fairer, but not vice versa-a scientific fact, he claims. Describe how Mr. McBryde's remark characterizes the general attitude of the Anglo Indians. Explain the role that racial prejudice plays in the novel.

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