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. Who is the warden at the Royale bagne?

2. What are the men in the Caen jail not allowed to do all day?

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

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

5. When does the warden tell Papillon that he can escape?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Papillon call the "extraordinary" change in his character?

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

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

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

7. Where is Papillon when the story begins and why does he think he is in his current situation?

8. Where does Papillon and Carbonieri bury the raft pieces during the time they are working on it and what is the method they are going to use to keep the raft afloat?

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

10. What is a "Lisette" and who agrees to accompany Papillon on his next escape attempt?

Essay 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 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

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

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