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IMPORTANT / KEY FACTS SUMMARY
Title: Life of Pi
Author: Yann Martel
Date Published: 2001
Meaning of the Title: It is not ďTheĒ Life of Pi because no particular life is supported. It is about the multiplicity of life and, in the end, the reader is left to choose which of Piís ďlivesĒ to believe.
Setting: India, Canada, Pacific Ocean, Mexico
Protagonist: Piscine Molitor Patel (Pi)
Antagonist: Richard Parker; nature; internal struggle
Mood: Wondrous, spiritual, desperate, satisfied
Point of View: First person, changing from fictional author to Pi
Tense: This story is written in past tense.
Climax: When Pi tells a second story and challenges the Japanese men to choose the better story
Outcome: Both men admit the first story is better
Major Theme: The importance of telling/living the better story
Minor Themes: Science coexisting with religion; religious syncretism
STUDY QUESTIONS / QUIZ
1. Where is the author
when he first hears about Piscine Patel?
2. Who is narrating the italicized chapters?
3. Piscine was named after a ____.
4. What animal is the most dangerous to man?
5. What animal is the most dangerous
to zoo animals?
6. Richard Parker
is a ____.
Juice is an ____.
Besides Orange Juice and Richard Parker, the two others in Piís lifeboat are a
___ and a ___.
9. What is prusten?
10. Pi hesitates killing the flying fish because
he is a ____.
11. What does Pi wish he had besides salvation?
12. What was the name of the ship that sank?
13. Pi could not
see the other castaway because Pi was temporarily ____.
14. Where did Piís lifeboat come ashore?
15. Where did they end up finding Richard