Life of Pi Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Part 1, Chapter 21, what is the author's purpose in writing about what he thinks after interviewing Pi?

2. What did Pi say at the meeting of his parents and his religious teachers?

3. Why did Pi throw himself out of the lifeboat?

4. The main character grew up in what country?

5. What did Richard Parker kill while Pi was building the raft?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. In Part1, Chapter 9, Pi discusses what observation about animal behavior?

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

6. In Part 2, Chapter 51, readers see Pi's persistence pay off as he finds food and water. How did Pi find the food and water?

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

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

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

10. How do Pi's parents view him in Part 1, Chapter 27?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pi learns he must out-smart the tiger, because he is unable to out-muscle him. Describe, using specific examples from the book, some ways that you believe Pi out-smarts the tiger. How does the tiger not know what Pi is doing? Is the tiger dumber then Pi? Does the tiger focus on different things then Pi? Did the tiger allow himself to be outsmarted?

Essay Topic 2

Which animals in the book are most like people in Pi's life? Use specific examples to explain why you chose various animals and what similar characteristics to their human counterparts they exhibit.

Essay Topic 3

How do Pi's religious views shape his view of his ordeal?

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