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. Who says, "I shall attend your marriage, but not your trial. Then I shall go to England."

2. Why does Adela Quested say she wants to drop the case?

3. Who is not one of the people that Cyril Fielding meets with regarding Dr. Aziz's situation?

4. Why does Cyril Fielding say that he is in India?

5. Who wants to know the facts about the case in Part 2, Chapter 17?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the evidence against Dr. Aziz.

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

5. Why does Cyril Fielding go into the city?

6. Why is the bridge party organized?

7. Describe Cyril Fielding's thoughts on atheism.

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

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

10. Describe Adela Quested's accusation against Aziz after the visit to the caves.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Aziz shows Fielding a photograph of his wife, going against the Muslim tradition of "purdah" in which a woman cannot show her face to men outside of her family. Why does Aziz choose to show Fielding this picture? How is this significant?

Essay Topic 2

Mr. McBryde opens with "everyone knows the man's guilty," then goes on to give the details of the "assault." He ends by remarking that the darker races are physically attracted by the fairer, but not vice versa-a scientific fact, he claims. Describe how Mr. McBryde's remark characterizes the general attitude of the Anglo Indians. Explain the role that racial prejudice plays in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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