Life of Pi Chapter Questions
Who do you think is writing the author’s note? Is this part of the fiction of Life of Pi, or separate from the story?
What does the sloth symbolize to Pi?
Why do you think the author interrupts the story with this chapter?
Why is Pi named after the Piscine Molitor?
Pi states that the common believe that animals in the zoos are unhappy is “nonsense” (16). What response does he give to prove the contrary?
What was Pi’s plan for his first day at school Petit Seminaire?
Why do you think Pi has “a reserve of food to last the siege of Leningrad”?
What is the difference between atheists and agnostics? Why does Pi feel that atheists have faith? Why does he dislike agnostics?
What does “Animalus anthropomorphicus” mean? And why is it so dangerous?
Explain why Pi’s father was a good zookeeper.
In Pi’s opinion, why did zoo animals seek to escape?
What point did Pi try to illustrate with the story of the leopard?
How was tension and suspense created in this chapter?
Why is a super-alpha male? What is the difference between an alpha and a beta? Why is this important to a lion trainer? Explain.
Which animals do lion trainers choose to have in their performance? Why?
What were the different religious artifacts found in Pi’s home? What does this suggest about his character?
What did Pi mean when he said, “But we should not cling! A plague upon fundamentalists and literalists”?
This chapter dealt with the essence of Christianity. What do you think Pi appreciated the most about eh Christian faith?
What new religion did Pi discover? What did he compare it to?
What did Pi like about the Islam religion? Why?
Recount Pi’s meeting with God.
How did this chapter make you feel? Explain.
What did Pi mean when he stated, “’possibly a f-f-failing of oxygenation of the b-b-brain,’ and, to the very end, lack imagination and miss the better story”?
What was Pi asked to do? Do you feel this is fair? Explain.
How did Ravi bring light and humour to Pi’s dilemma?
How did Pi cope with the attitudes of other faith believers from the religious institutions?
How did Pi argue his mother’s passport analogy?
Why was Santosh not able to understand his son’s interest in religions?
By the end of this chapter, how many religions was Pi practicing? Does this seem strange to you? Explain.
In Pi’s opinion, why do people move? What were his family’s problems?
What do we learn from the author’s meeting with Mr. Patel?
How does Martel create tension before Pi’s meeting with Mr. Kumar?
What did the story of the dogs and dolphins suggest about animal-human relationships?
What was bothering Pi?
What did Santosh do with the zoo and all the animals? Provide specific facts and information.
How are future events foreshadowed in this chapter?
What do you think is the significance of Pi’s statement, “this story has a happy ending”? Why does Martel inform the reader of this now?
How does Martel immediately create tension at the beginning of this chapter?
How many days was the ship out at sea before it sank? Describe the events leading up to the ship’s “death.”
Who was next to join Pi on his lifeboat?
After Richard Parker’s arrival and Pi’s quick departure from the lifeboat, what made Pi return to the lifeboat?
What surprises does Pi discover on the lifeboat? In Pi’s opinion, why did the sailors throw him into the...
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