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 Pi do to modify the raft?

2. What did the tiger like to lean over the edge of the boat and club to death, then eat?

3. What did Pi finally realize after reading the manual written by a British Royal Navy commander?

4. What were two big events in Pi's daily routine?

5. What did Pi do to exert his dominance over the tiger?

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

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

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

6. In Part 2, Chapter 90, how did another man enter the story?

7. In Part 2, Chapter 79, Pi was entertained by the tiger's behavior with the sharks. Explain.

8. What did Pi really achieve by studying the navigational directions in the survival manual in Part 2, Chapter 65?

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

10. What is the symbolism of the flares in Part 2, Chapter 69?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the themes of the story is the survival of life. How do the animals, besides the tiger, play a role in this theme?

Essay Topic 2

At many times in the book, Pi nears death, as he runs low on food and the will to live. Using specific examples from the book, discuss some of these events and what Pi learns about himself through the events.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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