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. Which country is willing to let Papillon and Maturette dock and rest for awhile on their journey?

2. Where is Papillon when the book begins?

3. Which new prisoner does Papillon join in a daring escape?

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

5. Which of the following is NOT something Papillon and the others procure in Ile aux Pigeons?

Short Essay Questions

1. What weapon has Papillon been able to secure?

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

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

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

5. Who is Clousiot and in what plan does Papillon include him?

6. Why is Galgani hesitant about taking back his plan?

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

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

9. What does Papillon learn about prison sentences for men in Colombia?

10. How does Papillon plan to pay for his escape from Santa Marta and what ruins that escape plan?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the book. Why do the penal colony prisoners have especially lonely lives? Is that designed by the authorities to make the punishments especially trying? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The theme of struggling to survive is an important one in this book. Describe how it extends through setting, characters and issues and provide examples for each.

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