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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 Pi wish for in his quiet days on the liftboat?
2. What did Pi find when he boarded the other man's boat to scavenge for food?
3. What were the greatest of contradictions, according to Pi?
4. What did Pi and Richard Parker come eye to eye with after the great storm?
5. What did the tiger associate with trespassing to remember to avoid it?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. In Part 3, Chapters 96 and 97, Pi told the Japanese officials what about his ordeal?
3. What is one small detail of Pi's suffering that the author describes in Part 2, Chapter 64?
4. Pi started to take on some of the tiger's traits in Part 2, Chapter 77. Why?
5. Discuss the "dream rag," first discussed by Pi in Part 2, Chapter 87.
6. How did Pi put his crisis in perspective in Part 2, Chapter 60?
7. What event in Part 2, Chapter 85 seemed to suggest that Pi was impressed and appreciated natural wonders? What was Pi's reaction to the event?
8. In Part 2, Chapter 81, what did Pi attribute his survival with the tiger to?
9. In Part 2, Chapter 90, how did another man enter the story?
10. In Part 2, Chapter 72, Pi created a shell shield out of a turtle shell. Discuss his persistence in maintaining his shield.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Pi develops a friendship with the tiger over time, through both taming and training. Explain the process Pi used to tame and train the tiger. Why would a training process be beneficial? Why couldn't Pi simply do this in one day? Why do you think a tiger would want to be trained?
Essay Topic 2
In the early chapters, there are different descriptions of animal behavior. Choose one, and compare and contrast it to a later animal behavior or event in the book that has the same characteristics.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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