Under the Volcano Test | Final 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. What kind of music do Yvonne, Hugh, and the consul listen to during dinner?

2. Which member of the visiting trio stays behind at Laruelle's home?

3. As the storm approaches, what does Yvonne claim she would rather do than find her estranged husband?

4. Why does Laruelle leave the consul alone in his own home?

5. What did Yvonne dream of becoming when she was a child?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the increasingly unfavorable weather influence Yvonne's feeling of foreboding?

2. What does Yvonne experience as she falls/dying?

3. Why does the consul fail to understand why Yvonne and Hugh get so upset during dinner?

4. Why does no one offer to help the man who gets on the bus who has clearly been mugged?

5. How does the consul respond to the children who beg him for money after he leaves a cantina?

6. Why does the consul want the sun to stand still after the bus ride he takes with Yvonne and Hugh?

7. What is the real reason why the consul wants to stay at Laruelle's house even though Yvonne wants to leave?

8. Why dues Hugh jump into the arena to try to ride the bull?

9. How do Hugh and Yvonne pass the afternoon at the hotel with the consul?

10. In his drunken rage at the hotel restaurant, what does the consul claim about people being involved in his life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss three things that Yvonne's passion for and knowledge of astronomy symbolizes in "Under the Volcano."

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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."

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