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 are the people of Ile aux Pigeons careful not to do around Papillon?

2. Why do some of the other prisoners decline Papillon's offer to escape?

3. What does Papillon receive from a smuggler on the anniversary of his first year in solitary?

4. The bagne is located on which river?

5. How much money does Galgani have?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Dega and Galgani smuggle in to Papillon each day of his solitary confinement?

2. Where is Papillon when the story begins and why does he think he is in his current situation?

3. How are wardens punished when a prisoner escapes during their watch?

4. How does Papillon plan to pay for his escape from Santa Marta and what ruins that escape plan?

5. What is the great irony of Clousiot's release from solitary confinement?

6. What kind of reception do Papillon and his cohorts receive in Trinidad?

7. Who are the three prisoners living in Trinidad and under what conditions does Papillon agree to take them with him?

8. What reason does Papillon give to Lati for leaving the Indian island?

9. What do Papillon and Maturette learn about staying in Trinidad?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hatred takes on an almost human persona in second part of the book. What was the source of the hatred? Why was the hatred pervasive? What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the book. Why do the penal colony prisoners have especially lonely lives? Is that designed by the authorities to make the punishments especially trying? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

Essay Topic 3

Charriere uses more than one instance of irony in the book. Cite at least two examples you can identify in the book and note why they are examples of irony.

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