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 is Clousiot hospitalized on the island?

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

3. One of the men in Papillon's group grew up at the bagne and is ___________________.

4. Who calls the police because he has been told that Papillon has stolen money?

5. What is the reason for gunfire in the middle of the night at the bagne?

Short Essay Questions

1. What misfortune befalls Papillon after he leaves the three convicts out on a beach a little ways from Trinidad?

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

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

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

5. How does Clousiot show some humor regarding how he left his cell?

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

7. How does Papillon describe the conditions of the men waiting to be transported to the bagne?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the major settings for the book. What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What separated Papillon from most of the other prisoners? What made him relentless in his pursuit of freedom while most of the other prisoners had resigned themselves to their fate? Explain.

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