Papillon Test | Mid-Book 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 Papillon and the man in #70 do to fend off fatigue and hunger while at sea?

2. What is stuck to the bowl that the leper, Toussaint, hands to Papillon?

3. How does Papillon utilize a younger prisoner with a feminine appearance?

4. What stalls Papillon's departure from Curacao?

5. Who is the star witness against Papillon?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Papillon reject the idea of appealing his sentence?

2. What is Papillon's sole concern upon being rescued and where is he taken?

3. What reasons can Papillon give for Sylvain's demise and what selfish thought does Papillon harbor then?

4. What ill fate does Sylvain come to during the escape attempt with Papillon?

5. Where does Papillon and Carbonieri bury the raft pieces during the time they are working on it and what is the method they are going to use to keep the raft afloat?

6. What becomes Papillon's method of communicating while in solitary confinement?

7. What are the terms of Papillon's being set free?

8. What are Papillon's plans for surviving the eight-year stint of solitary confinement?

9. What are the warden's terms to which Papillon agrees after his release from solitary confinement?

10. What is Papillon convicted of and what is his sentence?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The theme of struggling to survive is an important one in this book. Describe how it extends through setting, characters and issues and provide examples for each.

Essay Topic 2

The author uses some important instances of flashbacks in the story. Explain what a flashback is and cite at least two making sure to explain what makes each a flashback.

Essay Topic 3

Henri Charriere was no stranger to hurt and pain. From what you know of Charriere's life through this book, what were his biggest sorrows and worst betrayals? How did he manage through them? How did his coping skills evidence themselves in many aspects of his life? Explain.

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