Life of Pi Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. The book begins in Part 1, Chapter 1 with many unanswered questions. What are some of these questions?

Some of the unanswered questions in Part 1, Chapter 1 include: Why is the main character in Mexico? Why is he in the hospital? Is he immigrating? Why would the Mexicans bestow food and clothing gifts on him?

2. Who is the character introduced in Part 1, Chapter 2?

A small, slim man with an Indian complexion is the new, unnamed character in Part 1, Chapter 2. The man is purposeful in his movements and wears a warm, winter coat, even though the weather is mild.

3. How did Pi get his name?

Pi's real name is Piscine Molitor Patel. Before he changed schools, no one could pronounce "Piscine" and so he got called names instead. Once he moved schools, he introduced himself with his full name, and then, "...known to all as Pi Patel." The name stuck.

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