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 was an act of deference by the tiger to Pi?

2. After Pi was nearly starving, what did a storm of flying fish bring onto the boat?

3. What was Pi careful to maintain with the tiger in his quest to be known by the tiger as the alpha male?

4. What did Pi do to keep Richard Parker satisfied?

5. What happened after Pi discovered he was blind?

Short Essay Questions

1. The author discusses Pi's maintenance of his religious practices in Part 2, Chapter 74. Discuss Pi's religious reaction to his predicament.

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

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

4. In Part 3, Chapters 96 and 97, Pi told the Japanese officials what about his ordeal?

5. In Part 3, Chapters 98 and 99, the Japanese officials interviewed Pi about his story. Why do you think that the officials did not believe Pi?

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

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

8. Why did Pi find himself distracted & entertained by the underside of the raft in Part 2, Chapter 67?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Both the raft and the lifeboat prove critical to Pi's success, but in different ways. Discuss why it was important to Pi's mind to have both the raft and the lifeboat. What would have happened if Pi had never been able to make the raft? What if Pi had lost the lifeboat?

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

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.

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