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 does Dr. Aziz see when he first comes out of the cave?

2. How does Adela react in response to offending Aziz?

3. Dr. Aziz has three children. Who do they live with?

4. Why does Cyril Fielding want to talk to Adela Quested after Dr. Aziz's arrest?

5. Who says, "I travel light"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is Aziz's reaction to Adela Quested's question before they enter the caves?

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

7. Why does Cyril Fielding go into the city?

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

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

10. Describe the religious ceremony in which Professor Godbole is participating.

Essay 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

In earlier versions of the book, Forster was much more explicit in the sexual aspects of the assault, and the strap of the field glasses was used to strangle Adela. In one version, she used the glasses as a weapon to free herself from her attacker. By the time Forster had revised the book for publication, the attack is much more ambiguous, tentative, and tenuous. What effect do you think Forster's edits have on the plot of the book? How would the plot of the book be different if he had not made these changes?

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