A Passage to India Test | Final 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 files for divorce?

2. Who abandons Adela Quested after the trial?

3. Who does Dr. Aziz think Cyril Fielding has married, leading him not to open letters from Fielding?

4. Who has traveled with Cyril Fielding to Mau?

5. To whom is the quote, "even when the lady is so much uglier than the gentleman" referring?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Dr. Aziz's response to Cyril Fielding's attempts to be polite when they run into each other on a walk in Mau.

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

4. Describe Dr. Aziz's attitude towards Cyril Fielding when they first meet in Mau.

5. How does the lieutenant governor react to Cyril Fielding's handling of the trial?

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

7. What happens on the roof of Mr. Zulfiqar's mansion?

8. Describe the religious tensions in Mau.

9. What does the servant approach Adela Quested with when she is leaving?

10. Describe a similarity between Nawab Bahudar and Cyril Fielding.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

The major's failure to understand Aziz's visiting friends instead of being at home is one example of where the divide between the two cultures is mentioned. Compare and contrast the differences between the Anglo and Indian cultures. How do these cultures clash throughout the novel?

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