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. 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

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 2

In the novel, the heat is mentioned on multiple occasions. For example, during the trial, every action and emotion is influenced by the extreme heat, especially since the courtroom is filled with multiple people, and there is obviously no air conditioning. How does the heat affect the general feeling of the novel? Give examples of how the heat serves as a metaphor for other events in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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