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 already has decided that Aziz is definitely guilty?

2. What does Adela Quested do after Dr. Aziz goes into the cave?

3. Why does Dr. Aziz borrow Hamidullah's horse?

4. Cyril Fielding, the principal at the college, visits with Mrs. Moore and Adela Quested and invites them to tea. Why?

5. Why does Cyril Fielding say that he is in India?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do the postcards that Cyril Fielding writes to his Indian friends signify?

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

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

5. Why does Dr. Aziz go to the house where Cyril Fielding is staying?

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

7. Describe Dr. Aziz and Cyril Fielding's discussion of compensation for Adela Quested.

8. Describe the Marabar Caves.

9. What happens on the ship?

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

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 2

At the end of the book, Fielding and Aziz reignite their friendship, but they part knowing that they will not see each other again. How is this significant to the ending of the book? Why do you think Forster makes sure that the audience knows they do not meet again?

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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