The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Jean-Dominique Bauby
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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 Jean compare the patients in his corridor to?

2. What kind of place does Jean's father live in?

3. What shows Jean the amount of love that the world has for him?

4. What condition was Jean in after his coma?

5. How long has the author been confined to bed when the book begins?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where do patients in the hospital get lost, and how does Jean feel when he gets lost?

2. What does Jean do to sate his appetite for real food?

3. What does Jean dream a lot about while in the hospital?

4. What does Jean picture the only literary figure with Locked-In syndrome to do?

5. Why does Jean think he dreams about certain things repeatedly while in the hospital?

6. What kind of creature does Jean compare himself to and why?

7. What exhilarates Jean during his time at the hospital?

8. What does Sandrine help Jean to do, and how do the other staff at the hospital respond to this?

9. How does Jean communicate, and why?

10. What does Brigitte do for Jean at the end of each visit?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dealing with disabilities is an important theme in this book. How does Jean display this theme, and how does this affect the people in his family?

Essay Topic 2

What are some of the ways Jean is able to cope with his immobility, boredom, and loneliness, and what does this indicate about his personality?

Essay Topic 3

Despair is an emotion that affects a number of the people in this book. Which people are most affected by despair, and how does this change the lives of those people?

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