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 did the tiger do when he and Pi landed on the shore of the small island?

2. When Pi awoke in the middle of the night and saw the huge moonlit sky before him, what did he think about with regards to himself and the rest of the sea?

3. What did the boat do when the raft was next to it?

4. What did Pi tell the interviewers after they gave their impressions of Pi's story?

5. What did Pi wish for in his quiet days on the liftboat?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is one small detail of Pi's suffering that the author describes in Part 2, Chapter 64?

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

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

4. Discuss the encounter with the other ship in Part 2, Chapter 86.

5. What did Pi say about fear in Part 2, Chapter 56?

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

7. Discuss the "dream rag," first discussed by Pi in Part 2, Chapter 87.

8. How was Pi's sleep effected by his stress in Part 2, Chapter 68?

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

10. In Part 2, Chapter 57, readers have their first encounter with "Prusten." What is it?

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

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

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.

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