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. Which of the following is NOT one of the escaped convicts needing to leave Trinidad?

2. Why does Papillon try to learn all he can about the bagne?

3. What do most of the prisoners at the Royale bagne have?

4. Who is the young man in #40?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the great irony of Clousiot's release from solitary confinement?

2. Who is Clousiot and what is his connection to Papillon?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What information does Papillon receive from his friend, Batton?

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

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

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 3

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?

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