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 does Lorraine see in the middle of Miss Stewart's living room?

2. Mr. Pignati's home is _____.

3. At the zoo, Mr. Pignati introduces Lorraine and John to Bobo, who is a _____.

4. What does Mr. Pignati offer John and Lorraine, who are posing as charity workers, after he invites them into his house?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Lorraine feel a sense of compassion for her mother?

2. Describe John's relationship with authority figures.

3. Describe Norton, the bully.

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

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

6. What quality above all others does John like about Mr. Pignati?

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

8. Describe Lorraine's relationship with her mother.

9. What does the reader learn about John's feelings after Mr. Pignati dies?

10. How does getting busted at a wild party become a turning point for Lorraine in her relationship with her mother?

Essay 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

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 how John and Lorraine deal with the grief and loss they experience.

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