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. At the zoo, Lorraine observes a series of bad omens including an attack by a _____.

3. Why does Lorraine listen to Mr. Pignati's jokes over the phone?

4. In Chapter Three, John tells us that Mr. Pignati calls John and Lorraine what?

5. What does John's father do for a living?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why is having a party at Mr. Pignati's house so important to John?

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

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

7. Do you think Lorraine has a crush on John?

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

9. Does John have any interest in the part-time job his parents are trying to get for him?

10. What does John dislike about Miss King, one of his teachers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

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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