A Passage to India by E. M. Forster

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Part II, Chapters XXV – XXVI: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What rumor has been circulating about Miss Quested’s recantation?

2. Why does Aziz feel that Fielding has deserted him?

3. What rumor does Mahmoud Ali start about Nureddin?

4. How does Dr. Panna Lal avert disaster?

5. What is the theme of the Nawab Bahadur’s speech? What is ironic about his change of title?

6. What are the four possibilities Fielding suggests to account for Miss Quested’s behavior? Does she seem to favor any one of them over the others?

7. What does Hamidullah mean by saying, “A great deal has been broken, more than will ever be mended”?

8. Why isn’t Hamidullah impressed by Miss Quested’s honesty in admitting her mistake?

9. Why does Heaslop at first remain outside on Fielding’s verandah?

10. Why is Fielding horrified at Amritrao’s suggestion that Miss Fielding pay 20,000 rupees in compensation?

Answers
1. The mob believes that she did not in fact recant, but was struck down by divine power for giving false testimony.

2. In aiding Miss Quested instead of remaining with his friend, Fielding seems to have gone over to the “other side.”

3. He claims that he heard Major Callendar call Nureddin a “nigger” and boast of putting pepper rather than antiseptic on his wounds.

4. He publicly asks Aziz to forgive him; then he clowns, allowing the crowd to feel superior. Finally, he brings out Nureddin and shows the crowd that he is safe.

5. The Nawab Bahadur speaks of justice, courage, liberty, and prudence. He announces that he will give up his British title and be known from now on as Mr. Zulfiqar. The irony in this is that “Mr.” is...

(The entire section is 402 words.)