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. Who is Mamji?

2. As Pi was losing hope, his courage rose and what did he no longer fear?

3. In Part 1, Chapter 12, what do readers learn about the nameless man?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. How does the tiger get his human name in Part 2, Chapter 48? How is he like Pi?

5. How did Pi get his name?

6. Where and why did Pi's father move the family in Part 1, Chapter 29?

7. In Part 1, Chapter 38, what pivotal event of the book takes place?

8. The zebra and Orange Juice are killed in Part 2, Chapter 47, and symbolize what?

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

10. What did Pi and Richard Parker kill and eat in Part 2, Chapter 53? What is it's symbolism?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pi's ordeal involves his faith in God, his faith in himself, and his will to survive. Discuss each of these, using specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Both the raft and the lifeboat prove critical to Pi's success, but in different ways. Discuss why it was important to Pi's mind to have both the raft and the lifeboat. What would have happened if Pi had never been able to make the raft? What if Pi had lost the lifeboat?

Essay Topic 3

Is Richard Parker a human or a tiger? Using Chapter 2, the early chapters about animal behavior, and Richard Parker's behavior once shipwrecked, describe whether you believe he is a human or a tiger.

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