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

2. What does the consul imagine seeing while he listens to Hugh and Yvonne at the hotel?

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

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

5. What final reason does Yvonne give about why she wants to leave Laruelle's home?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Yvonne imagine has burned down as she sees the storm approaching?

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

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

6. Why is Yvonne really in such a hurry to leave Laruelle's home?

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

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

9. Why do the police accuse the consul of being a communist?

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

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 2

Given what you know about Malcolm Lowry, write an argument about how "Under the Volcano" is semi-autobiographical. Make sure to use facts from Lowry's life as well as direct evidence from the text to support your position.

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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