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

2. Who is Miss Reillen?

3. After John's mother refuses to give him money for beer, what does he try to do?

4. Kenneth is how many years older than John?

5. In Chapter Two, Lorraine explains that she and John feel they need to write about what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Mr. Pignati purchase for Lorraine and John at Beekman's?

3. What uninvited guest shows up at John's and Lorraine's party?

4. What does John dislike about Miss King, one of his teachers?

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

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

7. Do you think Lorraine has a crush on John?

8. Why does John feel that everything he does at home is wrong?

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

10. Does John have a crush on Lorraine?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Through their experiences with Mr. Pignati, as well as their own evolving friendship, Lorraine and John learn a great deal about life. Write about three important life lessons these teens learn, and explain the events and thought processes that bring about each lesson.

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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