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Life of Pi

Yann Martel


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1. Piscine Molitor Patel is named after

2. Pi’s father runs the

3. Pi’s father teaches him and his brother, Ravi, a lesson about wild animals by

4. Which of the following religions does Pi not practice?

5. Pi has a special affinity for his

6. The Tsimtsum is

7. When they set sail, Pi’s family is headed to

8. Pi’s family leaves India in

9. Pi describes the sound of the ship sinking as

10. Crew members throw Pi into a lifeboat because

11. Pi shares the lifeboat with all of the following except

12. Richard Parker is

13. Pi sees an orangutan named Orange Juice floating on a raft made of

14. The zebra sustained which of the following injuries jumping into the lifeboat?

15. In the lifeboat’s locker, Pi discovers cans full of

16. To keep himself at a safe distance from Richard Parker, Pi

17. The hyena meets its end when

18. Prusten is the sound tigers make to express

19. Which becomes Pi’s most valuable tool in training Richard Parker?

20. The first time Pi kills a fish for food, he

21. One day the lifeboat is almost hit by a

22. Pi decides to leave the strange floating island because

23. The fellow castaway Pi meets while suffering from temporary blindness

24. Pi’s raft washes ashore near the small town of Tomatlán in

25. After his rescue, Pi is interviewed by two officials from the

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Symbolism of The Algae Island

by davidtoc, December 30, 2012

Quick summary:

Pi's lifeboat = faith
Island = Religion
Sea and Sun = harsh realities of real life, scrutinizing your faith
Trees = clergy/priests/rabbis/imams, etc.
Meerkats = followers of religion

The overall message of the chapter is that although religion (organized faith) can aid us and stabilize us and nourish us spiritually in the short term, it is not a viable long-term answer to our spiritual questions, and will ultimately kill us mentally and spiritually.

Pi discovers the island when "


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Overview: The Question

by MitziDadford, May 29, 2013

Pi, who is named for an irrational idea that is used to pose and solve scientific whims, presents two parallel stories--he describes as one's perception of the world--to explain his survival on the Pacific for a remarkable 227 days. This is itself a momentous reflection of one's theological beliefs. This novel promises to make one believe in God, and it does. The animal story, with its far-fetched aspects, is much more difficult for the investigators to believe than the human story, as Pi says clearly annoyed, they want a story they already ... Read more


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Essay Topics

by jas777g, June 04, 2013

Truth vs. Fact
Will to survive

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