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. Who is the star witness against Papillon?

2. Papillon's friends smuggled in a coconut and _______________ for him every day in solitary.

3. Which one of the escapees leaves a note under his pillow stating that he has moved and left no forwarding address?

4. Which island do the escapees reach after days at sea?

5. How old is Papillon when the book begins?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Papillon do during an escape attempt from Barranquilla that prevents the escape?

3. What weapon has Papillon been able to secure?

4. What happens to hamper the escape attempt?

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

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

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

8. What is Papillon's philosophy about his escape attempts?

9. What is the Ile Aux Pigeons and what benefit comes of visiting there?

10. What assistance does Papillon receive from the Bowen family in Trinidad?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Freedom takes on an almost human persona in this book. What was the source of the passion for freedom? How pervasive were the attempts to achieve freedom? What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

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

Charriere was a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphors, and irony, briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

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