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 best characterizes the celebration of the holiday occurring at the same time that Fielding travels into the city?

2. How does Adela Quested offend Dr. Aziz before they enter the caves?

3. When Ronny Heaslop and Adela Quested return from their trip in the car, they are _____.

4. Who is the leading barrister of Chandrapore with a Cambridge degree?

5. Dr. Aziz receives a message to go to the bungalow of Major Callendar. On his way, he gets delayed because____.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Cyril Fielding unsure about hiring Amritrao?

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

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

6. What is Cyril Fielding's role in the trial against Dr. Aziz?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Fielding is an educator in the book. What role does education play in the society of The Passage to India? Which characters welcome and which resist education?

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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