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 do the police demand from the consul when they confront him?

2. Who does the consul have sex with on his way up the mountain?

3. What prompts Yvonne to start thinking of her own childhood?

4. What does the consul read as he continues to head up the mountain after he storms out of his hotel?

5. Where does Yvonne first spy the consul after he fled the hotel restaurant?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the consul ultimately die?

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

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

6. Why are the movie posters Yvonne sees during her bus ride significant?

7. What does Yvonne see the bull as a symbol of?

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

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

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

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

Compare and contrast the deaths of Yvonne and the consul. What message is Lowry trying to convey to the reader in each?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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