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. The warden tells Papillon that Papillon can remain at large on the island as long as Papillon promises to ____________.

2. Papillon ingests picric acid to prompt what medical condition?

3. One of the men in Papillon's group grew up at the bagne and is ___________________.

4. From whom does Papillon receive a note in "En Route to the Bagne"?

5. In what do the other prisoners seem to not have any interest?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Papillon receive on the first anniversary of his solitary confinement and what happens to the man who smuggles it in to him?

2. What do Papillon and Maturette learn about staying in Trinidad?

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

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

5. What does Papillon do during an escape attempt from Barranquilla that prevents the escape?

6. Who is Maturette and what is his role in the escape?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a brief character study of Charriere. What did he look like? What were his positive personality traits? What were some of his negative characteristics? What were his hopes and fears? What were his primary motivations during his life?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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