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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. Where has Hugh returned from when he first meets Yvonne?

2. What event is supposed to happen the first night Yvonne returns to Quauhnahuac?

3. How old is Hugh?

4. What job does Hugh get after his attempts to become a famous musician fail?

5. When was "Under the Volcano" written?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the consul do when his estranged wife goes to take a bath?

3. Why can the consul not translate the Spanish signs when he is lost in town?

4. What kind of relationship do Hugh and Yvonne have?

5. What does Yvonne say to Hugh about armadillos?

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

7. What causes Yvonne and the consul to feel happy and in love again during the bull fight?

8. Why are the movie posters Yvonne sees during her bus ride significant?

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

10. Why does Hugh feel cheated out of his experience at sea?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Present a well-argued essay discussing why -- or why not -- Lowry's choice to write "Under the Volcano" through various points of view (e.g., the consul's and then Laruelle's) results in a positive experience for the reader. Use direct evidence from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

What ultimately kills the consul? Make sure to use direct, specific evidence from the text to support your strongly written thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Does Yvonne die a happy or unhappy woman? Make sure to use direct evidence from the text to support your argument.

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