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 does Yvonne think would prove healing for the consul?

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

3. What kinds of people are on the bus that Yvonne, Hugh, and the consul take together?

4. What does Yvonne not want to see at the bull fight?

5. What larger charge do the police accuse the consul?

Short Essay Questions

1. As he reflects on his life at the hotel, what does the consul think about his happiness?

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

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

4. What do Laruelle and Hugh have in common from their childhoods?

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

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

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

8. What about Yvonne's letter depresses the consul as he is heading up the mountain?

9. What does Laruelle point out to the consul about why his lack of excitement about Yvonne's return is ironic?

10. As the consul is having sex with the whore, what are the voices in his head telling him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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 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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