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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. With what are Nancy Derek and Mrs. McBryde helping Adela Quested?

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

3. Who says to Mrs. Moore, "You're superior to them, anyway. Don't forget that. You're superior to everyone in India except one or two of the Ranis, and they're on an equality"?

4. In Chapter 21, what holiday is being celebrated in the city?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Dr. Aziz discover about Cyril Fielding's marital status in Part 3, Chapter 35?

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

5. How do Adela Quested and Cyril Fielding part when Adela returns to England?

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

7. What are Dr. Aziz's feelings about the British in India?

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

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

10. Why is the bridge party organized?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In the novel, some of the characters names seem to say something about their actual role in the novel. For example, Adela Quested is on a quest, or journey, in India and Fielding seems to spend much of his time fielding ideas from various other characters as one of the main moderators in the novel. What is the significance of a name in the novel? Who else has names that describe the role the character plays? Why do you think Forster chose to give these characters their names?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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