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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What was under the tarp on the boat?
(a) The tiger.
(b) Biscuits.
(c) A pile of lifejackets.
(d) A locker.

4. Which of the following statements is true about Pi's parents' practice of their religion?
(a) Pi's father was raised as a Hindu, but had been schooled as a Baptist.
(b) Pi's mother had a Hindu upbringing, but had been schooled as a Presbyterian.
(c) Pi's parents were not very religious.
(d) Pi's parents practiced their Hindu religion faithfully all the time.

5. What did Pi build a raft out of?
(a) Oars and floating logs.
(b) Wood and rope.
(c) Logs and life jackets.
(d) Life jackets and floating oars.

Short Answer Questions

1. What were along the interior perimeter of the boat?

2. When Pi was 14, he went on a family vacation to Munmar and saw what on the top of three hills?

3. According to Pi's father, what kind of an environment do animals seek?

4. What do Pi's parents think about his being so religious?

5. What is the purpose of the italicized chapters?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Satish Kumar influence Pi's studies?

2. In Part 1, Chapter 31, what do Mr. Kumar and Mr. Kumar represent in terms of Pi?

3. How did Pi get his name?

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

5. In Part 2, Chapter 50, Pi says, "How true it is that necessity is the mother of invention, how very true." What does this quote reference?

6. What part of Pi's life seems painful, as the author is with Pi looking through photo albums in Part 1, Chapter 33?

7. How are the zebra and the orangutan anthropomorphized in Part 2, Chapter 45?

8. How is the zebra like Pi in Part 2, Chapter 46?

9. How does Part 1, Chapter 21 set the reader up for the remainder of the story?

10. How is the lion in the zoo in Part 1, Chapter 13 an example of the well-defined social order of animals?

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