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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why must a circus lion trainer establish that he is the alpha male with respect to the lion?
(a) Only female lions are used in the circus.
(b) The trainer must show the lion he is physically stronger.
(c) All lions want to be dominated.
(d) The lion must know who is boss, which will make it feel secure.

2. Who were the two men Pi called the "prophets of his youth"?
(a) Satish Kumar, the Sufi, and Mamji.
(b) Satish Kumar, the atheist, and Mamji.
(c) Mamji and Pi's father.
(d) Satish Kumar, the atheist, and Satish Kumar, the Sufi.

3. What did Pi's father tell him was the second greatest danger in the zoo?
(a) Animal cruelty.
(b) Man.
(c) Anthropomorphism.
(d) Old buildings.

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

5. 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 life in India.
(b) His wedding.
(c) His time in Brazil.
(d) His time at the University of Toronto.

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

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

8. What is the purpose of the italicized chapters?
(a) To confuse the reader.
(b) To give the reader some background about the man.
(c) To tell the reader how the author discovered the story.
(d) To add some mysteriousness to the story.

9. Why does the author promise the reader a happy ending to Pi's tale?
(a) Because people like to read books with happy endings.
(b) So the reader will not feel so sad.
(c) So the reader will continue reading the story.
(d) He has no specific reason for doing this.

10. Which of the following does Pi discuss as a strange living arrangement of animals?
(a) Monkeys living with a zebra.
(b) A cat living with a lion.
(c) A mouse living with a viper.
(d) Sheep living with a rhino.

11. What did Pi plan to do with Richard Parker the night after he finished the raft?
(a) Keep him around for protection.
(b) Kill him and bury him on land.
(c) Get rid of him and have the lifeboat to himself.
(d) Kill him and cast him off onto the raft, adrift in the sea.

12. In Pi's story, which of these statements is true about the black leopard that escaped from the Zurich Zoo?
(a) She escaped during the day when the zookeeper left her cage open.
(b) She shared her habitat with a male that she did not get along with.
(c) She lived for ten weeks before she was captured.
(d) She roamed the countryside killing small animals.

13. When Pi was 14, he went on a family vacation to Munmar and saw what on the top of three hills?
(a) Religious temples.
(b) Parks.
(c) Tea estates.
(d) Hotels.

14. How important is religion to Pi?
(a) It is important depending on the circumstances.
(b) It is somewhat important.
(c) It is not important at all.
(d) It is very important.

15. As Pi was losing hope, his courage rose and what did he no longer fear?
(a) The hyena.
(b) Sleeping in the boat.
(c) Going hungry.
(d) The tiger.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Pi's father took his sons on a tour of the zoo, which of the following statements is not true?

2. The main character grew up in what country?

3. Symbolically, what does it mean when the storm clears?

4. What did Pi build a raft out of?

5. When Pi got back into the lifeboat in Part 2, who did he see look out from under the tarp?

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