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 nickname does John give his father?

2. Which part of the Mammal Building do John and Mr. Pignati really enjoy?

3. John feels that the only things Lorraine lacks in are what?

4. John reveals that he wants to be what?

5. What does Lorraine say is the big difference between her and John?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the picture of her parents that Lorraine keeps.

2. Can the reader figure out the fate of Mr. Pignati from the first chapter?

3. Mr. Pignati spends a week recovering at the hospital. By the end of that week, how are Lorraine and John treating each other?

4. Describe Lorraine's and John's first visit with Mr. Pignati.

5. Why does John's father stop drinking?

6. How does Mr. Pignati react when Lorraine asks him about an old photo she finds of his wife?

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

8. What do John and Lorraine gained through Mr. Pignati's death?

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

10. Describe John's impression of Mr. Pignati upon meeting the man for the first time.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how the author carries out the following themes in his book, using specific examples:

1. Making choices and living with the consequences.

2. Taking responsibility for one's actions.

3. Coming to terms with events and conditions that are beyond one's control.

Essay Topic 2

1. At the start of the story, the main characters state that they are setting out to write an epic memorial. What does this mean?

2. By the end of the story, do you feel that Lorraine and John accomplish their mission? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Through this story, the author is conveying a larger message about life situations. Supporting your analysis with examples from the book, explain what the author is revealing about:

1. Growing up.

2. Growing old.

3. Trusting others.

4. Cherishing friendships.

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