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 happens to Papillon and the others when arriving at Curacao?

2. How does Papillon incapacitate a guard to attempt another escape?

3. What color predominates the courtroom in which Papillon is tried?

4. What does Papillon admit to the authorities?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Papillon get some inside information about the bagne prior to arriving there?

4. How are wardens punished when a prisoner escapes during their watch?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

PAPILLON is a classic loss-and-renewal story. What does that classification entail? Why does this book fit into this category? Explain.

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

Henri Charriere was no stranger to hurt and pain. From what you know of Charriere's life through this book, what were his biggest sorrows and worst betrayals? How did he manage through them? How did his coping skills evidence themselves in many aspects of his life? Explain.

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