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 kick on top of the consul's dead body?

2. What do the police demand from the consul when they confront him?

3. Who jumps into the arena during the bullfight?

4. How does the consul leave the hotel restaurant?

5. How has the consul reacted to Yvonne's childhood dreams?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the consul ultimately die?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About which character does the reader of "Under the Volcano" know the most? Why is this? What evidence from the text supports your position?

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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