Under the Volcano Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. In which city did the consul and Yvonne have their last date before she left him?

2. Why does Yvonne end up not buying the animal she wants at the brewery?

3. What happens when the consul arrives at his final destination after speaking with Quincey?

4. Where do Yvonne and Hugh end their ride together?

5. How does Quincey respond to the consul?

Short Essay Questions

1. While the consul is at Quincey's, what telling diagnosis from the doctor reveals just how much of an alcoholic the consul is?

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

3. What does the consul think is the source of his visions and hallucinations?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why is the consul afraid of the doctor when he approaches him at Quincey's?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role of women in "Under the Volcano" and at least three literary devices Lowry uses when presenting female characters in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

Write a well-reasoned argument stating that, despite his major flaws, the consul is in fact a good man. Make sure to use direct evidence from the text to support your position.

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