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 does Galgani ask Papillon to do for him?

2. Who is the man who serves as clerk on the island?

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

4. The bagne is located on which river?

5. What is a cavale?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What group of people does Papillon encounter after he leaves Indian territory and who turns him in to the authorities?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Project into the future ten years after the end of the book and write a brief synopsis for Papillon's life. Be sure to incorporate geographical, personal, political and cultural impacts.

Essay Topic 2

The author uses some important instances of foreshadowing in the story. Explain what foreshadowing is and cite at least two examples making sure to explain what makes each an example of foreshadowing.

Essay Topic 3

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of disappointment. Identify at least two characters who either embody or experience disappointment and then cite an example to support your answers.

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