A Passage to India Part I, Chapter VII: Questions and Answers

E. M. Forster

Part I, Chapter VII: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Why does Aziz go biking in English dress rather than a fez?

2. Why is Aziz offended by Fielding’s response to his remark about Post-Impressionism?

3. What is Fielding’s definition of the difference between a mystery and a muddle?

4. Why does Aziz invite the party to the Marabar Caves?

5. Why does Heaslop tell Fielding he shouldn’t have left Miss Quested alone with Aziz and Professor Godbole?

6. What is Aziz’s description of Deccani Brahmins?

7. What does Professor Godbole say about the Marabar Caves?

8. Why does Miss Quested feel she should have told Heaslop about her decision not to settle in India before telling the others?

9. Why is everyone irritable as they say good-bye?

10. Does Shri Krishna answer the yearning call of the milk-maidens in Professor Godbole’s song or in any other one?

Answers
1. Aziz has discovered that he is often stopped by the police if he is wearing native dress, in this case, a fez.

2. Aziz believes—wrongly—that Fielding is implying that a native could know nothing about such topics as Post-Impressionism.

3. Fielding believes that a mystery is “only a high-sounding term for a muddle.”

4. Aziz is horrified at the thought of the others seeing his miserable one-room shanty. He invites them to the caves in order to distract them...

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