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The Pigman (Grade 8)

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The Pigman

1. 
What genre is "The Pigman"?
  1. non-fiction
  2. science-fiction
  3. biography
  4. realistic fiction
2. 
What is the climax of this story?
  1. Mr. Pignati has a heart attack and goes to the hospital.
  2. John and Lorraine dress up and dine like adults ("the kiss").
  3. The Pigman returns home during the party.
  4. Mr. Pignati dies after hearing Bobo is dead.
3. 
How do the police view the relationship John and Lorraine have with the Pigman?
  1. they think they are just trying to help the old man
  2. they think they are taking advantage of him
  3. they think they are his children
  4. they think that the Pigman has kidnapped them and is holding them hostage in his old house
4. 
Mr. Pignati is called "The Pigman" because:
  1. He kept a messy house
  2. He liked to eat a lot
  3. He collected miniature pigs
  4. He used to be a pig farmer
5. 
Who is the narrator of "The Pigman"?
  1. John
  2. Lorraine
  3. Angelo Pignati
  4. Both a and b
6. 
What is the setting of "The Pigman"?
  1. Staten Island, New York in the 1950's
  2. Manhattan, New York in the 1970's
  3. Staten Island, New York in the 1960's
  4. Los Angeles, California in the 1980's
7. 
Who is the author of "The Pigman"?
  1. Lorraine Jensen
  2. Paul Zindel
  3. John Conlan
  4. Angelo Pignati
8. 
Which of the following is not part of the story's rising action?
  1. John finds proof that Conchetta is dead.
  2. Mr. Pignati introduces John and Lorraine to Bobo.
  3. The Pigman returns home during the party.
  4. Mr. Pignati dies after hearing Bobo is dead.
9. 
What is the exposition of this story?
  1. John finds proof that Conchetta is dead.
  2. John and Lorraine begin their epic about the Pigman.
  3. John realizes he is responsible for his own life.
  4. The Pigman returns home during the party.
10. 
Bobo is symbolic of:
  1. an omen of the Pigman's death.
  2. how humans also build emotional cages that prevent them for fully experiencing their lives and being happy.
  3. the mistakes he has made in his life.
  4. He represents Mr. Pignati: both are sick and old and close to death.
11. 
The Cemetery is symbolic of:
  1. a place of peace and comfort
  2. a soul in which something has died
  3. an omen of the Pigman's death.
  4. the lives in which we enclose ourselves
12. 
The White Pig Figurine is symbolic of:
  1. the love between Mr. Pignati and Conchetta
  2. the lives in which we enclose ourselves
  3. a place of peace and comfort
  4. John and Lorraine's determination to memorialize the Pigman
13. 
"Didn't she know how sick to my stomach it made me feel to know it's possible to end your life with only a baboon to talk to?" What does John's commentary mean and what does it reveal about him?
  1. He is mocking the Pigman for being a lonely old man. This reveals his fear of growing old.
  2. He has seen how pathetic the Pigman's life had become after his wife died and he was so lonely, he turned to a monkey for comfort. He blames the Pigman's death on Lorraine.
  3. He has seen how pathetic the Pigman's life had become after his wife died and he was so lonely, he turned to a monkey for comfort. It shows that he has matured and he no longer only cares about himself.
  4. Both a and c
14. 
"..and I knew I'd kill Norton if he tried to hurt the old man." John's comment shows:
  1. that he hates Norton and will find any excuse to hurt him.
  2. that John is jealous of Norton because Lorraine is in love with him.
  3. that he has become so involved in this relationship with the Pigman that he will hurt anyone who is a threat to his friend.
  4. that he knows Norton wants to steal from the Pigman and he wants to stop him so he can steal it himself.
15. 
"Baboons. Baboons. They build their own cages, we could almost hear Mr. Pignati whisper, as he took his children with him." What is the significance of John's final comment?
  1. It is a symbol for the mistakes he has made in his life.
  2. It is an omen of the Pigman's death.
  3. It is an omen that his relationship with Lorraine is doomed.
  4. It is a metaphor for how humans also build emotional cages that prevent them for fully experiencing their lives and being happy.
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