A Passage to India Part I, Chapters IV – VI: Questions and Answers

E. M. Forster

Part I, Chapters IV – VI: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Why do the other Indians allow Nawab Bahadur to convince them to go to the party?

2. What information does Mrs. Turton give Mrs. Moore about the rank of Englishwomen in India in relation to Indian women?

3. Why does Mrs. Turton know only the imperative forms of Urdu?

4. What does Heaslop believe is the purpose of the English in India?

5. What does Mrs. Moore believe their purpose is?

6. Why doesn’t Aziz go to the party?

7. What proves Major Callendar’s ignorance of Indian life?

8. Why is it offensive to Dr. Panna Lal when Aziz hits the Brahminy bull with his polo mallet?

9. In what ways are Aziz and Heaslop similar in their attitudes toward work?

10. What are Aziz’s feelings as he gazes at the photograph of his dead wife?

Answers
1. As a wealthy landowner, the Nawab has more prestige than the others and is considered a leader.

2. Mrs. Turton tells Mrs. Moore that she—and by implication, any Englishwoman—is superior in rank to any Indian woman except one or two of the Ranis, who are equal in rank to the Anglo-Indians.

3. Mrs. Turton is accustomed to speaking the language only to servants and has never bothered to study it for any other purpose.

4. He feels the English are in India to do justice and keep the peace. He believes he is in India “to work and hold...

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