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. Why does Papillon try to learn all he can about the bagne?

2. Papillon's new escape plan hinges on _________________.

3. Papillon uses money and ______________ to pay for the aid and supplies for his next escape.

4. In what do the other prisoners seem to not have any interest?

5. What is Papillon's sentence?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Papillon inspect when they arrive at a house in Curacao and what charges are made against him regarding what Papillon inspects?

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

3. What does Papillon receive on the first anniversary of his solitary confinement and what happens to the man who smuggles it in to him?

4. Describe the dire conditions in which Papillon lives in while in the Santa Marta prison.

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

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

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

8. Who is Maturette and what is his role in the escape?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses some important instances of foreshadowing in the story. Explain what foreshadowing is and cite at least two examples making sure to explain what makes each an example of foreshadowing.

Essay Topic 2

PAPILLON is a classic loss-and-renewal story. What does that classification entail? Why does this book fit into this category? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Project into the future ten years after the end of the book and write a brief synopsis for Papillon's life. Be sure to incorporate geographical, personal, political and cultural impacts.

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