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. Pi took inventory of what on the boat?

2. How important is religion to Pi?

3. What did Pi plan to do with Richard Parker the night after he finished the raft?

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

5. In Part 1, Chapter 36, who is not at Pi's home to welcome the author when the author meets again with Pi and his family?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the female black leopard in Part 1, Chapter 11 try to blend in with her environment after escaping from the Zurich Zoo?

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

10. In Part 2, Chapter 54, Pi worried about what to do with the tiger. Discuss his conclusions.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the role of Pi's diary in his ordeal? Is it important? Is it just "filler?" Why?

Essay Topic 2

At many times in the book, Pi nears death, as he runs low on food and the will to live. Using specific examples from the book, discuss some of these events and what Pi learns about himself through the events.

Essay Topic 3

What is the definition of a hero? Is there a hero in this story? If so, who is it? If not, why not? Support your answers with examples from the text.

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