A Passage to India by E. M. Forster

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Part II, Chapters XVIII – XXI: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Why is Fielding’s first request to see Aziz denied?

2. Why is Mr. McBryde triumphant when he finds a picture of a woman among the contents of Aziz’s drawer?

3. What change has occurred in the Anglo-Indian women’s feelings toward Miss Quested?

4. What are Mr. Turton’s emotions as he speaks to the Anglo-Indians at the Club? Is he entirely ruled by his emotions at this time?

5. Why does Major Callendar feel guilty? How does he deal with his guilt?

6. What rumors does Major Callendar relay about Aziz? Are these rumors generally believed?

7. Why does Callendar’s first attack on Fielding fail to mature?

8. Why do the Anglo-Indians rise to their feet when Heaslop enters? Why doesn’t Fielding rise with the others?

9. Why does Fielding resign from the Club? Why does Mr. Turton call him weak?

10. Why does Fielding classify his rudeness to Heaslop as a tactical and moral error?

Answers
1. Fielding has revealed that the collector is against him, so McBryde feels both justified and supported in denying the request. McBryde also feels strongly that Anglo-Indians must stick together. In his eyes, by maintaining Aziz’s innocence, Fielding is acting like a traitor.

2. The case McBryde is building against Aziz in his mind involves a picture of someone who is obsessed with sex. He’s already found a letter from Aziz to a brothel-keeper; he assumes the picture must be of a prostitute.

3. Miss Quested, who has been regarded as an awkward outsider, now arouses all their protective feelings, along with a certain amount of guilt about their...

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