Day 1

A Passage to India Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    How is Chandrapore described in Chapter 1? What does this description foreshadow about the story that will be told throughout the rest of the book?

    The town of Chandrapore is described as "scarcely distinguishable from the rubbish." It is on the Ganges but in a section where the river is not holy, and this part of town where the Indians live is described as mean and ugly. Inland there is higher ground where the Eurasians live (Eurasians being a contemporary term for people of mixed English-Indian heritage). Further inland still and on higher ground is where the British civil servants live and work. This area is described as an idyllic pleasure garden with orderly huts,...

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