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. Lorraine says that John's father is proud of ripping off:

2. While his parents criticize him for not being more like his brother Kenneth, John blames his latest prank on _____.

3. In the first chapter of The Pigman, John explains that he and Lorraine are writing a book on a typewriter where?

4. What does Lorraine not allow John to write in their book?

5. Lorraine is concerned that John ___________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How do John and Lorraine treat each other right after Mr. Pignati is taken to the hospital?

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

3. Describe telephone marathon, the game John and Lorraine play with a couple of their friends.

4. What reason does Lorraine give for John wanting to be an actor?

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

6. Describe Lorraine's relationship with her mother.

7. While Mr. Pignati is still at the hospital, why does John check to see how much beer and wine are at the man's house?

8. Does John have a crush on Lorraine?

9. Explain how John and Lorraine end up having their first kiss.

10. Why does Lorraine feel a sense of compassion for her mother?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Lorraine's mother with John's mother.

1. Which one is the more effective parent?

2. By the end of the book, which pair has the better relationship -- Lorraine and her mother, or John and his mother? Why? Support your answers with specific details from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the symbolic meaning the author is trying to attach to the the following:

1. Mr. Pignati's extensive pig collection.

2. John's and Lorraine's roller skates.

3. Bobo the baboon.

Essay Topic 3

The author uses a unique literary tool to tell a story in The Pigman. He has his two main characters retell the series of events in writing, in their own words through alternating chapters. Explain what makes this literary technique effective. How does it add interest level to the narration? How does the reader get a broader perspective through the use of this technique?

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