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Quiz about Life of Pi
Quiz about Life of Pi

Life of Pi Trivia Quiz


"Believe the unbelievable." Directed by Ang Lee and based on the novel by Yann Martel, this adventure film told the extraordinary adventure of Pi. The themes of hope and spirituality were explored brilliantly through the stunning CGI and visual effects.

A multiple-choice quiz by Matthew_07. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Matthew_07
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
355,182
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
347
Awards
Top 5% quiz!
Last 3 plays: jonathanw55 (5/10), pusdoc (8/10), Guest 120 (10/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. Pi explained to the writer who visited his house that his birth name was Piscine Molitor Patel. The unconventional name was inspired by Pi's uncle, Mamaji. What exactly was Piscine Molitor? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Pi reminisced about his childhood and he described the place where he grew up to the writer. Which former French India territory, located in southern India, was Pi from? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Pi recalled the stories of his religious encounters when he was still a little boy. Which three religions did he believe in? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Due to the political issues in India, Pi's father decided that they should close the zoo and move to Canada. He brought up the topic during the dinner with his family but clearly, Pi was not happy about this because he had just met his first love. Pi's father said ambitiously, "We will sail like ___.", to which Pi replied sarcastically, "But ___ was looking for India." Which famous explorer completes the quote?

Answer: (8 letters, starts with C)
Question 5 of 10
5. The tragedy of the sinking of the Japanese freighter, Tsimtsum, had left Pi drifting on the Pacific Ocean. Which four animals survived the shipwreck? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. In one of the most memorable and spectacular scenes of the film, Pi's lifeboat was resting on a calm sea at night, with hundreds of bioluminescent jellyfish surrounding it. Pi was admiring the serenity of the atmosphere when suddenly, a creature jumped out of the water, causing a big splash. What animal was it? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. One day, Pi woke up and found his lifeboat stopped at an island. He first found out that the algae on the island were edible. He then explored the island and to his surprise, the island was inhabited by a huge population of a species of mammal. Which mammal was it? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. After rejuvenating himself on the island, Pi found an unlikely object in a fruit, which led him to decide to leave the island instead. What was the object? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. After 227 days, Pi's lifeboat eventually reached the coast of a North American country, where he was rescued by the locals there. Which country did the lifeboat reach? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Pi was interviewed by two insurance agents in the hospital. They did not believe his story with the Bengal tiger so Pi told them another story without the tiger. When Pi asked the writer which version did he prefer, he chose the one with the tiger.



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Pi explained to the writer who visited his house that his birth name was Piscine Molitor Patel. The unconventional name was inspired by Pi's uncle, Mamaji. What exactly was Piscine Molitor?

Answer: A swimming pool in France

The writer was looking for a great story for his next novel and Mamaji suggested that he look for Pi. Pi told the writer that his uncle, Mamaji, had swum in every swimming pool that he came upon, and he particularly recommended a swimming pool in France, Piscine Molitor (the word piscine means swimming pool in the French language).

In the film, the role of the writer was played by the English actor Rafe Spall. American actor Tobey Maguire, who was known for his "Spider-Man" films, was reported to have landed the role of the writer but the director, Ang Lee, felt that he was too recognizable so he opted for Spall instead. Following his decision, some of the scenes were reshot entirely.
2. Pi reminisced about his childhood and he described the place where he grew up to the writer. Which former French India territory, located in southern India, was Pi from?

Answer: Pondicherry

Pi described Pondicherry as a beautiful and pristine place. He attended a school, where he learned French. His father was a businessman and he opened a zoo as one of the attractions in town. Pi's mother, Tabu, was a botanist and she helped decorate the zoo.

Some of the scenes in the film were shot in Pondicherry, India. The name of the place means new town in the Tamil language. The scenes with the lifeboat and the raft were shot in Taichung and Kenting, Taiwan. The filming of the scenes between adult Pi (played by Irfan Khan) and the writer were done in Montreal, Canada.
3. Pi recalled the stories of his religious encounters when he was still a little boy. Which three religions did he believe in?

Answer: Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam

Pi was first introduced to the Hindu God, Krishna, by his mother. He then was challenged by his elder brother, Ravi, to go into a church and drink the Holy Water. Pi was greeted by a priest and he started posing all sorts of questions to the priest. Pi also embraced Islam.

He admitted that his Arabic was not good, but every time he performed his prayer, he found peace. However, Pi's father asked him to follow only one religion, because he thought that believing in all three religions was no different than not believing in any of them.
4. Due to the political issues in India, Pi's father decided that they should close the zoo and move to Canada. He brought up the topic during the dinner with his family but clearly, Pi was not happy about this because he had just met his first love. Pi's father said ambitiously, "We will sail like ___.", to which Pi replied sarcastically, "But ___ was looking for India." Which famous explorer completes the quote?

Answer: Columbus

Pi met his first love, Anandi in a dance class. During the dinner, Pi's father was discussing the possibility of moving to Canada but Pi got distracted and he was not paying attention to his father's words. When Ravi and Tabu clarified that they were indeed moving to Canada, Pi was disappointed. Pi's father explained that he knew someone in Winniepeg who could help him find a job when he arrived at Canada. So he said ambitiously that they would sail like the famous explorer, Christopher Columbus. Pi then went and met his girlfriend, Anandi one last time.

He promised Anandi that he would be back one day.
5. The tragedy of the sinking of the Japanese freighter, Tsimtsum, had left Pi drifting on the Pacific Ocean. Which four animals survived the shipwreck?

Answer: A tiger, a hyena, a zebra, and an orangutan

The Japanese freighter sank during a severe thunderstorm. Pi realized that his parents and elder brother were gone forever. A panicked zebra jumped into the lifeboat when the freighter was just about to sink. Pi heard a voice somewhere in the middle of the sea so he threw out a float, only to realize in horror that it was the Bengal tiger, Richard Parker.

The next morning, Pi found out that there was a hyena hiding under the tarp of the lifeboat. Pi also found Orange Juice, the orangutan, floating on a net full of bananas.

He saved and directed the orangutan to his lifeboat.
6. In one of the most memorable and spectacular scenes of the film, Pi's lifeboat was resting on a calm sea at night, with hundreds of bioluminescent jellyfish surrounding it. Pi was admiring the serenity of the atmosphere when suddenly, a creature jumped out of the water, causing a big splash. What animal was it?

Answer: A whale

The whale jumped out of the water and the action caused a giant wave, which caused Pi to lose most of his biscuit and fresh water supplies. He blamed himself for bringing all the supplies to his raft.
7. One day, Pi woke up and found his lifeboat stopped at an island. He first found out that the algae on the island were edible. He then explored the island and to his surprise, the island was inhabited by a huge population of a species of mammal. Which mammal was it?

Answer: Meerkat

Pi was happy to learn that the algae were edible and therefore, he could replenish his food supply. He then followed the voice and walked further into the island. What came next was yet another remarkable scene of the film. Pi was greeted by thousands of meerkats living on the island. Pi found a clear lake in the middle of the island. He swam in the lake and rested for a while.
8. After rejuvenating himself on the island, Pi found an unlikely object in a fruit, which led him to decide to leave the island instead. What was the object?

Answer: A tooth

At night, the water in the lake on the island became toxic and it killed all the fish inside it. Pi plucked a fruit from a plant and opened it. To his surprise, he found a human tooth inside it. He speculated that the tooth belonged to another person who found the island. He believed that the island was carnivorous so he decided to leave.
9. After 227 days, Pi's lifeboat eventually reached the coast of a North American country, where he was rescued by the locals there. Which country did the lifeboat reach?

Answer: Mexico

The Japanese freighter sank near the world's deepest trench, the Mariana Trench, near The Philippines. Pi's lifeboat drifted for 227 days before reaching the coast of Mexico. Lying on the beach, he felt that the sand was very soft. He was then rescued by the locals.

He also recalled the poignant story of the merciless Richard Parker. Pi remembered that he was crying like a child, not because of the joy of being rescued, but it was because the tiger simply leaped out of the boat and disappeared into the jungle without saying goodbye to him.
10. Pi was interviewed by two insurance agents in the hospital. They did not believe his story with the Bengal tiger so Pi told them another story without the tiger. When Pi asked the writer which version did he prefer, he chose the one with the tiger.

Answer: True

The insurance agents found that Pi's story was too unbelievable and they needed a real story, which was more believable for their reports. So Pi told them another story that involved himself, his mother, the helpful sailor, and the fierce cook. The cook was a brutal man who killed the injured sailor and Pi's mother. Pi eventually could take no more and killed the cook.

The writer then noticed the similarities between the two stories - he deduced that the sailor was the zebra; the cook was the hyena; Pi's mother was the orangutan; and Pi himself was the tiger, Richard Parker. Pi agreed and asked the writer which story did he prefer.

The writer pondered for a while and replied that he liked the story with the tiger in it. The writer later also read the report submitted by the Japanese insurance agents - they also preferred the story with the tiger in it.
Source: Author Matthew_07

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