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. How does John convince Lorraine that they go visit Mr. Pignati?

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

3. What does John's father say to him about his brother Kenneth?

4. Why is Lorraine hesitant to meet Mr. Pignati face to face?

5. John and Lorraine's book spans what length of time?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how and when Lorraine and John first meet.

2. After the wild party at Mr. Pignati's house, how do John and Lorraine try to make their amends to their elderly friend?

3. Which son does John's father favor, him or his brother?

4. Even though he dies, Mr. Pignati's last few months are transformed by John and Lorraine. How does Mr. Pignati benefit from his friendship with these two teenagers?

5. Describe Norton, the bully.

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

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. What brings about Mr. Pignati's death?

9. Describe John's relationship with authority figures.

10. Does John have a crush on Lorraine?

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

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

Compare and contrast John's relationship with his father and his friendship with Mr. Pignati.

1. What internal or external conflicts does each relationship create?

2. How does John deal with these conflicts?

3. What lessons does each relationship teach John?

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