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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. In Part 2, Chapter 48, Pi explains that the tiger got his name from what source?
(a) A mix-up in paperwork.
(b) The Pondicherry zookeeper.
(c) The author.
(d) Pi when he was at the zoo.

2. What did Pi not find after looking around on the boat?
(a) Drinking water.
(b) Life jackets.
(c) Tarp.
(d) Food.

3. Pi's interest in which of the following is one of the themes that runs throughout the book?
(a) Zoology.
(b) Politics.
(c) Sociology.
(d) Botany.

4. What religion is Pi?
(a) Muslim.
(b) Catholic.
(c) Hindu.
(d) Protestant.

5. When Pi saw a sea turtle near the boat, what did he do?
(a) Commanded the turtle to go for help.
(b) Talked to the turtle.
(c) Got into the water and swam with the turtle.
(d) Watched the turtle until it swam off.

Short Answer Questions

1. What event showed that fortune was with Pi?

2. What was the response of Pi's mother to his request for a Christian baptism and a prayer rug?

3. Which of the reasons listed below is NOT one of the reasons Pi's father decided to move the family to Canada?

4. When the hyena began to act strangely, what did Pi do?

5. Who were the two men Pi called the "prophets of his youth"?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Part 1, Chapter 39, where did Pi end up after being thrown overboard?

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

3. What does the closing sentence of Part 1, Chapter 35 foreshadow?

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

5. How does Pi react to the story of Jesus in Part 1, Chapter 17?

6. Who is Ganesha in Chapter Part 1, 15?

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

8. In Part 1, Chapter 25, why did Pi not feel as though he fit in anywhere?

9. In Part 1, Chapter 7, Pi discusses his teacher, Mr. Kumar. How are they similar and different?

10. In Part 1, Chapter 23, the author discusses the "three wise men." Who are they?

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