The Pigman Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. While Lorraine talks to Mr. Pignati by phone, what does John do?

2. What does Lorraine see in the middle of Miss Stewart's living room?

3. What does Lorraine think about her mother taking things from patients?

4. What nickname does John give his father?

5. Lorraine reads a great deal about ________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mr. Pignati explain about the charge card John finds in the man's house?

2. How do John and Lorraine discover that Mrs. Pignati passes away?

3. What reason does Lorraine give for undertaking the writing project she's working on with John?

4. Describe Bobo, Mr. Pignati's friend.

5. How does Mr. Pignati receive John and Lorraine at the hospital?

6. What happens to Mr. Pignati as he chases after John up the stairs on roller skates during a game of tag?

7. Is Lorraine's choice of Mr. Pignati's name from the phone book random?

8. Describe Lorraine's interest in psychology.

9. Do you feel Mr. Pignati is correct to trust John and Lorraine with his house keys?

10. Lorraine worries that John drinks too much. Why does John start drinking?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Through this story, the author is conveying a larger message about life situations. Supporting your analysis with examples from the book, explain what the author is revealing about:

1. Growing up.

2. Growing old.

3. Trusting others.

4. Cherishing friendships.

Essay Topic 2

Through their experiences with Mr. Pignati, the teen characters experience a transformation. What about the primary adults in the story -- do they change or evolve by the end of the book? Answer this question in essay form for the following characters:

1. Lorraine's mother.

2. John's father.

3. John's mother.

Essay Topic 3

Explain how the author carries out the following themes in his book, using specific examples:

1. Making choices and living with the consequences.

2. Taking responsibility for one's actions.

3. Coming to terms with events and conditions that are beyond one's control.

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