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's interest in which of the following is one of the themes that runs throughout the book?

2. According to Pi, why will a lion in a zoo attack?

3. When Pi saw a sea turtle near the boat, what did he do?

4. What happened after the meeting of Pi's parents and his religious teachers?

5. Symbolically, what does it mean when the storm clears?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Pi finds the first island, he leaves it out of fear of the island being cannibalistic. Discuss what the symbolism of this island is to Pi and to the overall story.

Essay Topic 2

What makes Pi's ordeal so difficult for the Japanese interviewers to believe? Would it have been easier if the Pi had described the tiger as Richard Parker, a human?

Essay Topic 3

Describe how the "circle of life and death" is exhibited before the shipwreck in the zoo, and after the shipwreck in the lifeboat.

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