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. What is described in Chapter 12?

2. Who denies Cyril Fielding a visit with Adela Quested?

3. What best characterizes the celebration of the holiday occurring at the same time that Fielding travels into the city?

4. Who says, "I shall attend your marriage, but not your trial. Then I shall go to England."

5. Who is the Inspector of Police?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the significance of the Mohurram holiday?

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

6. Why is the bridge party organized?

7. Describe the Marabar Caves.

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

9. Describe Adela Quested's accusation against Aziz after the visit to the caves.

10. Describe the setting of the novel.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Aziz shows Fielding a photograph of his wife, going against the Muslim tradition of "purdah" in which a woman cannot show her face to men outside of her family. Why does Aziz choose to show Fielding this picture? How is this significant?

Essay Topic 3

The Marabar caves are an essential component in the setting for this story. Whereas in Chandrapore we can see graphically the cultural levels with the British living on a tier above the other residents, the caves represent a complex spiritual force that will blast the action to its climax. Explain how the caves serve as a character in the play. What is the role of the caves? How are the caves personified? How do the caves affect different characters?

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