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. A Passage to India is set in Chandrapore, India on the banks of the Ganges River. Which of the following is true about the city?

2. What was in Dr. Aziz's pocket when the police searched him?

3. Who resigns from the club over the case?

4. Who escorts Mrs. Moore off the train?

5. What controversial object does Dr. Aziz show Cyril Fielding when Fielding visits him at his hovel?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the religious tensions in Mau.

2. Describe Cyril Fielding's thoughts on atheism.

3. Describe the relationship between Cyril Fielding and Dr. Aziz at the end of the novel.

4. Why does Cyril Fielding go into the city?

5. Describe the religious ceremony in which Professor Godbole is participating.

6. What happens on the roof of Mr. Zulfiqar's mansion?

7. Describe the evidence against Dr. Aziz.

8. What does Dr. Aziz discover about Cyril Fielding's marital status in Part 3, Chapter 35?

9. Describe a similarity between Nawab Bahudar and Cyril Fielding.

10. How do Adela Quested and Cyril Fielding part when Adela returns to England?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Fielding is an educator in the book. What role does education play in the society of The Passage to India? Which characters welcome and which resist education?

Essay Topic 2

Mrs. Moore rises above the religious conflict and sets an example for how all of them might come together and live in peace. She is eventually venerated by the Hindus, and Aziz, a Muslim, never fails to admire her and hold her example up for himself and others. Do you think this worshiping of Mrs. Moore is fair? Why or why not? How does Mrs. Moore support or go against this ideal that has been developed?

Essay Topic 3

In the novel, the heat is mentioned on multiple occasions. For example, during the trial, every action and emotion is influenced by the extreme heat, especially since the courtroom is filled with multiple people, and there is obviously no air conditioning. How does the heat affect the general feeling of the novel? Give examples of how the heat serves as a metaphor for other events in the novel.

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