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. Why is Dr. Aziz arrested?

2. Why does Mrs. Moore come to India?

3. Adela Quested has come to India to see Ronny Heaslop, whom she is expected to marry. When she says she wants to see the "real India," what does Ronny do?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is the bridge party organized?

3. What is the significance of the Mohurram holiday?

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

5. Describe the setting of the novel.

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

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

8. What is Cyril Fielding's role in the trial against Dr. Aziz?

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

10. Describe the Marabar Caves.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The identification of gender roles seems to play a key part in the development of the book. There is hesitancy to let white women have contact with Indians. What role do you think that the Anglo women play in the Indian society of the book? What responsibilities do the women have?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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