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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. For what crime is Papillon on trial?

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

3. Papillon ingests picric acid to prompt what medical condition?

4. What is Papillon's only rule for the three convicts wanting to leave on his boat?

5. What does Galgani ask Papillon to do for him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is "a plan" and how does Papillon use it?

3. What information does Papillon receive from his friend, Batton?

4. How does Carbonieri die and what rule of survival does Papillon say that Carbonieri failed to uphold?

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

6. Describe Papillon's rescue by the torpedo ship.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Although the prisoners are outside the ring of acceptable society, they do have a sort of societal structure and code of conduct. Explain how the prisoners organize themselves and how they create their own little society. What behaviors are accepted and which are not within the prison society? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

What was the symbolism of the butterfly tattoo on Papillon's chest? What did it represent to Papillon? Why did Papillon choose a butterfly instead of some other image? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Create a brief character study of Charriere. What did he look like? What were his positive personality traits? What were some of his negative characteristics? What were his hopes and fears? What were his primary motivations during his life?

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