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 men in the Caen jail not allowed to do all day?

2. Why is Clousiot hospitalized on the island?

3. Who is the prisoner who Papillon pays to help him escape?

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

5. Who is the other prisoner who is going to escape with Papillon?

Short Essay Questions

1. What weapon has Papillon been able to secure?

2. Why does Papillon agree to carry a plan for another prisoner?

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

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

5. Why are Papillon's underworld friends pleased with Papillon's court appearance?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The author uses more than one theme in the book. Identify at least two themes in the book. Then cite an example to support each theme you name.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the overall setting and time period for Charriere's life. What was France and French Guiana like during this time period? How important are the time period and setting to the attitudes and issues of Charriere?

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