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 the city magistrate?

2. Who says, "I travel light"?

3. At the Bridge Party, the Anglo-Indians discuss a play that was put on by members of the club. What is the name of the play?

4. When does the party plan to leave to go to the caves?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Is Cyril Fielding's response to Adela Quested's accusations well accepted?

2. Why does Cyril Fielding go into the city?

3. How does Cyril Fielding react to the discovery of the letter to the brothel owner?

4. Describe the difference in Nawab Bahadur and Mahmoud Ali's response to the bridge party invitation.

5. What is the purpose of the women gathering before the trial with Adela Quested?

6. What does Mrs. Moore notice regarding Ronny Heaslop's response to Cousin Kate?

7. Where is Adela Quested when she can't be found?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A Passage to India seems a fairly obvious title for this story that takes place in Chandrapore, India. How well do you think this title conveys the events in the novel? Do you think that another title would be more appropriate? Suggest an alternate title and describe how this title accurately depicts what takes place in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

The major's failure to understand Aziz's visiting friends instead of being at home is one example of where the divide between the two cultures is mentioned. Compare and contrast the differences between the Anglo and Indian cultures. How do these cultures clash throughout the novel?

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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