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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Part 1, Chapter 21, what is the author's purpose in writing about what he thinks after interviewing Pi?
(a) To help the reader understand Pi better.
(b) To make the reader aware of the author's religious beliefs.
(c) To make the reader aware that the author likes Pi.
(d) To help the reader know what the author thinks.

2. What made Pi re-evaluate his position in the lifeboat?
(a) He imagined that he saw his mother.
(b) He saw the tiger in the boat.
(c) He thought he saw an island on the horizon.
(d) He thought he saw a rescue boat.

3. What did Pi do when he didn't feel as welcome to his interfaith practices as before?
(a) Changed Christian churches.
(b) Attended Hindu temple only at quiet times.
(c) Lingered after Muslim prayers.
(d) Talked to his religious teachers.

4. The main character's father loved to talk about what subject?
(a) Swimming.
(b) Zoology.
(c) History.
(d) Animals.

5. What did Pi say at the meeting of his parents and his religious teachers?
(a) He just wanted to love God.
(b) He would think about they said.
(c) He wanted to study more about the religions.
(d) The religions were similar.

6. When did Pi feel that God was very close to him?
(a) When he was praying in the Christian church.
(b) When he was praying in the mosque.
(c) One day when he was riding his bike home from Mr. Kumar's, the Muslim.
(d) When he watched the Muslim shopkeeper.

7. According to the author, which of the following was a reason why Pi decided to get back into the lifeboat?
(a) There was a shark in the water.
(b) He was cold and tired.
(c) He wanted to get dry.
(d) He knew the tiger would not hurt him.

8. What was the response of Pi's mother to his request for a Christian baptism and a prayer rug?
(a) His mother told him it was his father's decision.
(b) His mother conceded to his wishes, but only after he argued with her.
(c) His mother was supportive of him as soon as he asked.
(d) His mother did not concede to his wishes.

9. What event showed that fortune was with Pi?
(a) He didn't get killed by a falling zebra.
(b) He was not seasick.
(c) He went to sleep early the night before.
(d) He was mobile enough to get in the lifeboat.

10. What happened after the meeting of Pi's parents and his religious teachers?
(a) They all had tea together.
(b) Pi went to bed.
(c) Pi's family went out for ice cream.
(d) Pi went off by himself to think about the meeting.

11. What did Richard Parker kill while Pi was building the raft?
(a) A hyena.
(b) A fish.
(c) A bird.
(d) A rat.

12. In Part 1, Chapter 33, when the author and Pi look through photos, what period in Pi's life has only a few photos?
(a) His time in Brazil.
(b) His life in India.
(c) His time at the University of Toronto.
(d) His wedding.

13. What does the author say was strange about the ecosystem in the lifeboat on the second day?
(a) Two wild animals slept in the boat.
(b) The hyena and orangutan existed side by side and ignored each other.
(c) The hyena was in the boat.
(d) The hyena and a human were in the same boat.

14. During the first night on the lifeboat, what did the hyena do?
(a) Chewed off the leg of the zebra.
(b) Walked around the boat.
(c) Spent the night barking/howling.
(d) Slept on the tarp.

15. Why does Pi think that the hyena did not attack him?
(a) Because the hyena had not yet gotten to him.
(b) Because the hyena wasn't hungry.
(c) Because the tiger was in the boat.
(d) Because Pi had not yet gotten close enough to him.

Short Answer Questions

1. After the family sold the zoo, why did it take a year before they could leave India for Canada?

2. What did Pi's father tell him was the second greatest danger in the zoo?

3. What was under the tarp on the boat?

4. The author uses the animals as symbols of what?

5. Pi's interest in which of the following is one of the themes that runs throughout the book?

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