Life of Pi Test | Final 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. What happened to the underside of Pi's raft?

2. What did Pi share for food with Richard Parker after butchering it?

3. How many steps were in Pi's plan to tame the tiger?

4. What did Pi and Richard Parker come eye to eye with after the great storm?

5. What emerged for Pi through the darkest times?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Pi's daily routine start showing through in Part 2, Chapter 62, a week since the ship sank?

2. In Part 2, Chapter 81, what did Pi attribute his survival with the tiger to?

3. What did Pi and the tiger encounter in Part 2, Chapter 84 after the great storm?

4. Pi started to take on some of the tiger's traits in Part 2, Chapter 77. Why?

5. In Part 2, Chapter 92, Pi and Richard Parker landed on an island. Why didn't they stay?

6. In Part 2, Chapter 76, the author discusses Pi and the tiger's behavior regarding the tiger's feces. What does their behavior signify?

7. How did Pi put his crisis in perspective in Part 2, Chapter 60?

8. In Part 2, Chapter 80, Pi started spending more time on the lifeboat. Why?

9. In Part 2, Chapter 95, who were dispatched to Mexico to meet Pi, and why?

10. In Part 3, Chapter 100, the author receives a letter from Japanese officials about their interview with Pi. They remark that they found Pi to have had amazing fortitude to survive his ordeal. Why did they find his ordeal so amazing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

There are multiple storms during the story. Each storm leaves Pi with a new vision and attitude about his ordeal and the future. Pick one such storm and describe the storm, its immediate effects on Pi, and its overall effect on the larger story themes.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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