Under the Volcano Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Where is the consul sent to live, as a young boy, after his parents died?

As a young boy, the consul is sent by relatives to go live in Great Britain in an effort for him to get over his shyness. It is during this "vacation" that he meets Laruelle.

2. What does Laruelle observe about the consul's adoptive family?

Laruelle observes that the consul's adoptive family engages in quite a bit of out-of-control drinking. It literally goes on from the moment they wake up until the moment they pass out from drunkenness.

3. How does the consul deal with his adoptive family's behavior?

In response to his adoptive family's unruly behavior and frequent (if not constant) drunkenness, the consul completely avoids drinking altogether -- until he is older and then becomes a raging alcoholic himself.

4. In Chapter 1, why does a crowd of people suddenly flood out of the theater?

In Chapter 1, a crowd of people suddenly floods out of the a theater that Laruelle is nearby because the electricity has gone out -- meaning that the theater is completely black and they are unable to see any of the entertainment.

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