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. Adela Quested had known Ronny Heaslop well in England and had come to India to visit him before deciding to be his wife. At the beginning of Chapter 8, how does Adela feel about Ronny?

2. Why is Dr. Aziz arrested?

3. Adela Quested is thinking of the wedding as she is climbing near the caves. What are her thoughts on the wedding?

4. In what month is Chapter 10 set?

5. Who denies Cyril Fielding a visit with Adela Quested?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Cyril Fielding react to the discovery of the letter to the brothel owner?

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

3. Describe the Marabar Caves.

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

5. Why does Cyril Fielding go into the city?

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

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

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

9. Why is the bridge party organized?

10. What is the purpose of the women gathering before the trial with Adela Quested?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the book, is it significant that it is an Anglo female saying that she was attacked by an Indian male? How would the book be different if it was an Indian woman accusing a white man? What role does race play in the trial and the events preceding it?

Essay Topic 2

The Marabar caves are an essential component in the setting for this story. Whereas in Chandrapore we can see graphically the cultural levels with the British living on a tier above the other residents, the caves represent a complex spiritual force that will blast the action to its climax. Explain how the caves serve as a character in the play. What is the role of the caves? How are the caves personified? How do the caves affect different characters?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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