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 do when she gets to the hotel with Hugh and the consul?

2. Why do Yvonne and Hugh make fun of the waitress at the hotel?

3. As she and Hugh are chasing the consul, what does she point out always upsets the consul?

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

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does the consul ultimately die?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topic 3

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

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