A Passage to India by E. M. Forster

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Topics for Further Study

(Novels for Students)

Research a specific aspect of life in British India in the early twentieth century. Possible aspects for study include, the British colonial administration; the legal system; the Hindu caste system; the Native States and their relation to British India; Hindu-Moslem relations; and the everyday lives of Anglo-Indian (British) families.

Identify some of the various ethnic groups within India. In what regions do these people live? What languages do they speak, what religions do they practice, and what are some of their customs7

Research Mohandas K. Gandhi and his philosophy of nonviolence and passive resistance. What were Gandhi's main beliefs and how did he practice them? What effect did his teachings and actions have?