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. Lorraine states that Mr. Pignati lives on Howard Avenue, just a few blocks from ______.

2. How does Lorraine feel about her own appearance?

3. Who is Miss Reillen?

4. What does Lorraine not allow John to write in their book?

5. Lorraine figures that Miss Stewart does what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mr. Pignati encounter when a taxi brings him home as the teens' party is going full swing?

2. Describe Lorraine's relationship with her mother.

3. Explain what Lorraine says about the book reports she and John write.

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

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

6. Why does John feel that everything he does at home is wrong?

7. Describe telephone marathon, the game John and Lorraine play with a couple of their friends.

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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 3

Explain, in detail, what makes Mr. Pignati a tragic figure in this story. How does his suffering help other characters grow?

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