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 when coconuts are withheld from Papillon for awhile?

2. What job does Galgani have at the bagne at this time?

3. After escaping the Indian territory, Papillon finds himself in the company of ______________.

4. Why does Papillon ingest the picric acid?

5. What is the destination of Papillon and Maturette when they set out from Trinidad?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Papillon manage to get transferred back to Diable where his chances of escape are more favorable?

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

3. What assistance does Papillon receive from the Bowen family in Trinidad?

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

5. What is Papillon convicted of and what is his sentence?

6. What are Papillon's plans for surviving the eight-year stint of solitary confinement?

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

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

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

10. How does Papillon know that the revolt at the Royale prison has taken place and how does Papillon intervene to get the situation calmed down with the warden?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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