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 Lorraine's mother tells her to skip school the next day to help her clean their house, the teen says what?

2. Why do John and Lorraine start referring to Mr. Pignati as "the Pigman"?

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

4. John says that Mr. Pignati makes a good _____.

5. Lorraine's mother warns her that she shouldn't be hanging around _____.

Short Essay Questions

1. What angers Lorraine about the toy department at Beekman's department store?

2. Describe Lorraine's relationship with her mother.

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

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

5. What do Lorraine and a friend, Helen, do at the party at Mr. Pignati's house?

6. Does John have a crush on Lorraine?

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

8. Prior to John's and Lorraine's first face to face meeting with Mr. Pignati, is Lorraine eager to meet the man?

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

10. How does John convince Lorraine that it's all right for them to cash the check they collected from Mr. Pignati under false pretenses?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Several minor characters serve important roles in the book. Describe the relevance of the following characters:

1. Norton, friend of John and Lorraine.

2. Conchetta, Mr. Pignati's deceased wife.

3. Kenneth, John's brother.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

John wants to be an actor, and Lorraine wants to be a writer. Explain how their personalities and views on life reinforce their career choices.

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