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. When he is in ninth grade, John likes to harass substitute teachers by rolling what across the floor?

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

3. What nickname does John give his father?

4. What deal does Lorraine's mother have with a local undertaker?

5. After finding a number of items belonging to Mrs. Pignati, John realizes that she _____.

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what Lorraine, John, and their friends do at the cemetery.

2. Describe Lorraine's interest in psychology.

3. What games do John and Lorraine like to play with Mr. Pignati at his house?

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

5. How does Lorraine feel about Mr. Pignati when the police take her and John to their homes after the party breaks up?

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

7. What brings about Mr. Pignati's death?

8. Why does Lorraine's mother ask her to skip school one day?

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

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

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

Explain how the author uses Lorraine's narration to foreshadow what happens to Mr. Pignati in the end. Cite specific examples from the book, including omens Lorraine refers to.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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