A Passage to India by E. M. Forster

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Part II, Chapter XXIV: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What are the ominous signs of unrest that precede the trial?

2. Why is Miss Quested sure she will get her verdict?

3. What point does Miss Quested not want to tell the truth about?

4. Why does Heaslop support Mr. Das in asking the Europeans to step down?

5. Why does Mahmoud Ali leave the court?

6. How does Heaslop react to hearing his mother turned into a Hindu goddess?

7. When McBryde states that Miss Quested entered the cave alone and then Aziz followed her in, what reply does he expect? Why does he expect this answer?

8. Why does Mr. Das insist on addressing Miss Quested himself? Is this in keeping with his previous behavior?

9. Why does Major Callendar want to stop the proceedings?

10. What is Aziz’s reaction to the verdict?

Answers
1. A stone thrown at the Turtons’ car, a group of threatening students, strikes by Sweepers, and a hunger strike by Muslim women indicate that trouble is brewing.

2. She has been surrounded by Anglo-Indians who have assured her that anything else is unthinkable.

3. She intends to tell the truth; the difficulty is that, like Aziz earlier, she is determined not to...

(The entire section is 384 words.)