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. Who is the city magistrate?

3. What does Nawab Bahudar do in response to the Bridge Party invitation?

4. Why does Mrs. Moore come to India?

5. In the circular chamber, if a match is lit, it becomes apparent that the interior walls ________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is the bridge party organized?

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

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

6. What is the significance of the Mohurram holiday?

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

8. Why is it significant that Dr. Aziz shows Cyril Fielding a picture of his wife?

9. How likely is it that Adela Quested will listen to Ronny Heaslop's demands that she not see Indians?

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

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

Fielding is not well accepted in the Christian community, not because of his lack of faith, but because of his disapproval of their attitudes and behaviors, which clearly violate Christian teachings. What place does this irony have in the novel? Why do you think Fielding, as an atheist, is set up as the only one who embodies Christian values?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the book, Aziz regularly lies or misrepresents the facts. When he invites Fielding's guests to his house, he knows he cannot entertain them there. Later he tells Adela that she can come and visit his wife, but his wife is dead. Why do you think Forester chooses to represent this Indian character in this way? Does this characteristic take away from Aziz's likability as the main character of the book? Does it affect how you see the trial in the book?

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