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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. When Dr. Aziz returns home, he finds the invitation from Cyril Fielding to tea. He is ____.

2. Who says, "I believe Dr. Aziz to be innocent"?

3. Adela Quested had known Ronny Heaslop well in England and had come to India to visit him before deciding to be his wife. At the beginning of Chapter 8, how does Adela feel about Ronny?

4. Why does Dr. Aziz want to go to Calcutta?

5. What does Dr. Aziz find and pick up that belongs to Adela Quested after leaving the caves?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Cyril Fielding unsure about hiring Amritrao?

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

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

4. How does Ronny Heaslop react to Adela Quested's situation?

5. Describe Mrs. Moore's attitude towards Adela Quested and the case.

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

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

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

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

10. How does Adela Quested offend Dr. Aziz on the picnic, before they enter the caves?

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

In the novel, some of the characters names seem to say something about their actual role in the novel. For example, Adela Quested is on a quest, or journey, in India and Fielding seems to spend much of his time fielding ideas from various other characters as one of the main moderators in the novel. What is the significance of a name in the novel? Who else has names that describe the role the character plays? Why do you think Forster chose to give these characters their names?

Essay Topic 3

One conflict that Forster has set up is between religions. Aziz is Muslim and does not understand or feel comfortable with either Hindu or Christian. However, he does admire Professor Godbole, who, although he is of a superior caste and would be expected to look down on everyone else, is kind and friendly. What other examples of religious conflict contribute to the feeling of the novel? How do these religious conflicts compare to other conflicts in the novel?

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