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. To what friends does Cyril Fielding send mail?

2. How do people respond to the rumor that an Englishman killed his own mother?

3. What does Ronny Heaslop tell Hamidullah and Cyril Fielding when he visits them after Mrs. Moore has left the country?

4. What does Cyril Fielding send to his friends in Part 2, Chapter 32?

5. Who says if the British don't leave in his lifetime, they will leave in his children's?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Adela Quested received after the trial ends?

2. Describe the religious tensions in Mau.

3. Why is Dr. Aziz released?

4. Describe Dr. Aziz's conviction about Adela Quested regarding her wedding plans.

5. Describe the relationship between Cyril Fielding and Dr. Aziz at the end of the novel.

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

7. Describe Cyril Fielding's trip.

8. Describe the religious ceremony in which Professor Godbole is participating.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Marabar caves are an essential component in the setting for this story. Whereas in Chandrapore we can see graphically the cultural levels with the British living on a tier above the other residents, the caves represent a complex spiritual force that will blast the action to its climax. Explain how the caves serve as a character in the play. What is the role of the caves? How are the caves personified? How do the caves affect different characters?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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