Thursday, April 18, 2013

Life of Pi Literary Questions?

I fished with a variety of hooks at a variety of depths for a variety of fish, from deep-sea fishing with large hooks and many sinkers to surface fishing with smaller hooks and only one or two sinkers. Success was slow to come, and when it did, it was much appreciated, but the effort seemed out of proportion to the reward. The hours were long, the fish were small, and Richard Parker was forever hungry.

It was the gaffs that finally proved to be my most valuable fishing equipment. They came in three screw-in pieces: two tubular sections that formed the shaft - one with a molded plastic handle at its end and a ring for securing the gaff with a rope - and a head that consisted of a hook measuring about two inches across its curve and ending in a needle-sharp, barbed point. Assembled, each gaff was about five feet long and felt as light and sturdy as a sword.

I fished with a variety of hooks at a variety of depths for a variety of fish, from deep-sea fishing with large hooks.
1. Which of the following literature terms is used in the above quote?
a. personification
b. alliteration
c. anaphora
d. peanut butter
e. indirect characterization

2. What is the purpose of this passage?
a. to explain in detail how professional fishing is done on the deep sea
b. how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
c. to better explain how Piscine was able to obtain fish for himself and the tiger
d.  to describe the extent of man's madness
e. to create an instructional manual for fishing  

3. What point of view is this passage told from?
a. 3rd dimensional spectator ;) 
b. 3rd person
c. 3rd person omniscient
d. 2nd person
e. 1st person

4. The phrase "The hours were long, the fish were small, and Richard Parker was forever hungry" best implies that?
a. the tiger wishes to make love with the small Indian boy
b. the boy is dependent on the tiger's hunting skills for survival
c. Piscine had to consistently provide Richard Parker  with fish to quell his hunger
d. that the tiger refused to eat the food he was provided
e. the days never ended

 5. In this passage the narrator reflects on all of the following except?
a. the description of a gaff
b. the constant need to gather food
c. the species of fish caught 
d. the different types of hooks used at different depths
e. the fulfillment of each fish caught

The same part of my mind that had rebuked me over my fishing fiasco scolded me again. "What exactly do you intend to feed that tiger of yours? How much longer do you think he'll last on three dead animals? Do I need to remind you that tigers are not carrion eaters? Granted, when he's on his last legs he probably won't lift his nose at much. But don't you think that before he submits to eating puffy, putrefied zebra he'll try the fresh, juicy Indian boy just a short dip away? And how are we doing with the water situation? You know how tigers get impatient with thirst. Have you smelled his breath recently? It's pretty awful. That's a bad sign. Perhaps you're hoping that he'll lap up the Pacific and in quenching his thirst allow you to walk to America? Quite amazing, this limited capacity to excrete salt that Sundarbans tigers have developed. Comes from living in a tidal mangrove forest, I suppose. But it is a limited capacity. Don't they say that drinking too much saline water makes a man-eater of a tiger? Oh, look. Speak of the devil. There he is. He's yawning. My, my, what an enormous pink cave. Look at those long yellow stalactites and stalagmites. Maybe today you'll get a chance to visit."

1. The phrase "My, my, what an enormous pink cave" is an example of?
a. alliteration
b. personification
c. metaphor
d. simile
e. epigram

2.  This paragraph contains which of the following literary elements?
a. paradox
b.  personification
c. satire
d. romanticism 
e. all of the above

3.  An example of colloquial language is?
a. he'll last on three dead animals
b. eating puffed putrefied zebra
c. speak of the devil
d. this limited capacity to excrete salt 
e. look at those long yellow stalactites ;)

4. The purpose of this passage is to?
a. describe Patel's split personality
b.  describe the tiger's drinking habits
c.  to describe his  strict personality toward mistake
d. to inform the reader of the ocean's salinity
e. to explain a new means of aquatic transportation through the use of a tiger's thirst

5. The narrator's attitude towards the passage could best be described as?
a. strict
b. regret
c. comical 
d. joyfulness
e. a and c

1. Which three religions does Pi become a part of?
2. Which language do the reporters speak in to one another?
3. How did Piscine get his name?
4. How did Orange Juice get her name?
5.  Which animal broke it's leg in the life boat?
6. Was Pi terrified by the lightning strike or amazed by it?
7. What drink does the Christian priest give Pi?
8.  Does the tiger suffer from sea sickness?
9.  Did the sailors on the ship try to save Pi or did they use him to protect themselves?
10. Do bananas float? Yes or No? Explain your answer in great detail or else you will get run over by a large school bus full of tigers suffering from seasickness induced by improper diet consisting of only spoiled banana peels. 

Justin Thompson and I came up with these literary questions feel free to post you responses or ask for the answer key.




1. Christianity, Hinduism, Islamic
2. Japanese
3. He was named after a beautiful pool in France which his uncle spoke of 
4. its an orange orangutan that drooled a lot
5. Zebra
6. Amazed
7. Tea
8. No
9. The sailors tried to save themselves over Pi, because of the hyena in the lifeboat
10. Most things will float in sea water but bananas will float better if they are grouped up rather than alone.

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