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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 is Hugh wearing the first time he sees Yvonne upon her return?

2. What was Hugh hoping his music career would bring him?

3. Where does Yvonne want to go after visiting the consul?

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

5. What does Hugh learn about the sailors on his ship?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hugh react to Yvonne's plans for her and the consul?

2. What two desires torment the consul?

3. What does Hugh hope has happened to his music career while he was at sea?

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

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

6. How does the consul react to Yvonne's arrival?

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

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

9. What does the consul think and say about Yvonne's looks to her?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the reader supposed to assume happens to Hugh? Make sure to use direct evidence from at least three instances in the text that you feel supports your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

List three ways that the story of the German soldiers' deaths and the consul's role in them impact the reader's view of the consul as a character before he actually arrives in "Under the Volcano."

Essay Topic 3

Discuss at least three ways that Lowry's placement of the novel in a foreign country (foreign to the consul, that is) has an impact on the novel.

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