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. The Pigman recounts the friendship between two sophomores and their _____________.

2. How does John describe Mr. Pignati after their first meeting?

3. Lorraine figures that Miss Stewart does what?

4. Who is Miss Reillen?

5. What nickname does John give his father?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does John feel about the way the world treats older people?

2. Why do John and Lorraine call Miss Reillen, the librarian, "the Cricket"?

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

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

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

6. Describe Lorraine's relationship with her mother.

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

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

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

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

Essay 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

Perhaps more than any other character, Lorraine experiences a great measure of internal conflict. Explain how the following internal conflicts arise for Lorraine. How she deals with each one? In each instance, does she find a resolution to the conflict?

1. Doing what's right versus following John.

2. Having fun versus treating others with respect.

3. Being angry with her mother versus sympathizing with her mother's hard life.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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