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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. Who does Quincey ask the consul about?

2. What event is happening when the novel beings?

3. Who is selling the animal that Yvonne wants at the brewery?

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

5. Where does the consul go after speaking with Quincey?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is the consul sent away and stationed in his useless job in the small Mexican town where the novel takes place?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Yvonne say to Hugh about armadillos?

10. What does the consul know about any past relationship between Yvonne and Laruelle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Analyze three of the consul's hallucinations and discuss 1) what each shows the reader about the consul's declining health as well as 2) at least one literary device Lowry uses in each hallucinatory episode to convey what is happening, in the consul's mind, to the reader.

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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