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

2. Who comes to visit Cyril Fielding at the school?

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

4. What does Mrs. Moore hear in the cave?

5. What does Dr. Aziz do in response to being offended by Adela Quested outside the caves?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are Aziz's friends, and how can they be described?

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

3. Why does Cyril Fielding go into the city?

4. Describe the evidence against Dr. Aziz.

5. What does Mrs. Moore think of the caves?

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

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

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

9. How does Adela Quested offend Dr. Aziz on the picnic, before they enter the caves?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Often in novels, authors use one or more characters to argue their own viewpoints. Research Forster's own viewpoints. What character or set of characters do you think that Forster is using to communicate his own viewpoints? Is there a specific character that can be defined as Forster?

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