Richard Parker in Life of Pi: Symbolism, Analysis & Significance


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How does Richard Parker represent spirituality in Life of Pi?

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1. In Life of Pi, what is one way that we see Pi mimic the actions of the tiger in an attempt at survival?

2. In Life of Pi, when Pi looks into the eyes of the tiger, what does he see reflected back at himself?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use these questions to find out what you remember about Richard Parker from Life of Pi. See if you know his role in the story.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment you'll make sure you understand:

  • The view Pi sees when he looks into the tiger's eyes
  • Ways Pi mimics Richard Parker's actions to survive
  • The significance of symbolism in Life of Pi

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the material, such as Richard Parker's position as a symbol of spiritualism
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what Richard Parker may actually have been instead of a live tiger
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the lessons and strength Pi draws from the tiger

Additional Learning

To find out more about this famous novel, read the lesson titled Richard Parker in Life of Pi: Symbolism, Analysis & Significance. It will help you understand:

  • The significance of the tiger's name
  • Richard Parker's fate
  • Actions of Richard Parker that go against a tiger's usual nature