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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What interrupts Yvonne and the consul's first conversation upon her return to Quauhnahuac?

2. What job does Hugh take after being at sea?

3. Why must Yvonne and the consul pass up an invitation from the doctor?

4. What does the consul remember after he leaves Quincey's house?

5. How does the consul remember his childhood?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Hugh not know about the state of the consul's and Yvonne's marriage?

4. What can the consul not forget during the town's festival?

5. Why does most of the consul's household staff leave him during his estranged wife's absence?

6. When Yvonne has finally returned to their home, why does the consul initially think that she won't mind his drinking?

7. What mission did the consul complete successfully during his time in the British navy?

8. Why does Hugh decide to become a reporter?

9. How does Yvonne react to seeing the consul when she returns to Quauhnahuac?

10. What does the consul know must happen for him to keep Yvonne?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss at least three literary devices Lowry uses to convey that the novel is reaching its climax. Make sure to use direct evidence from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the characters of Yvonne and the whore with whom the consul sleeps right before his death. What message is Lowry trying to convey through these two characters?

Essay Topic 3

Using Laruelle, Yvonne, or the consul as an example, discuss at least three ways that a character's flashbacks to his or her childhood lets the reader understand more about a character. Use direct evidence from the text to support your argument.

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