The Pigman Questions and Answers

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A helpful way of working out how to create a thesis statement is considering the themes of the text as a whole and then selecting one to base your thesis statement on. One of the interesting facts...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2011 6:58 pm UTC

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Bobo the baboon apparently died of pneumonia. After Mr. Pignati comes home from the hospital to find his house trashed because of a party that John and Lorraine had thrown there, the two teenagers...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2009 12:23 pm UTC

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The event that triggered Mr. Pignati's death was the discovery that his home had been wrecked by John and Lorraine's irresponsible actions while he was away. In the story, Mr. Pignati has to stay...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2016 4:48 pm UTC

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The scene where John and Lorraine meet their two friends at the cemetery appears in chapter seven of Paul Lindel's The Pigman. By this time in the story, John and Lorraine have secretly separated...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2013 4:11 am UTC

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The answer to this question can be found in the closing paragraphs of chapter 7 and the beginning paragraphs of chapter 8. Chapter 7 sees John and Lorraine at Mr. Pignati's house in the evening,...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2019 9:30 pm UTC

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The answer to this question can be found in chapter 1 of Paul Zindel's The Pigman. This chapter is narrated by John, and he begins the chapter by telling readers that he hates school. Actually, I...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2018 7:12 pm UTC

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When we are first introduced to John, he thinks very little of how his actions might have consequences. He considers himself a bit of a "bad boy" with a devil-may-care attitude. In general, he has...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2019 8:44 pm UTC

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John and Lorraine are high school friends who meet a man named Mr. Pignati. After developing a wonderfully loving friendship with him over a period of months, Mr. Pignati dies of a heart attack....

Latest answer posted April 29, 2016 12:17 am UTC

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The book's opening "oath" tells readers a bit about the answer to this question: Being of sound mind and body on this 15th day of April in our sophomore year at Franklin High School, let it be...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2018 12:32 am UTC

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In Chapter 9 of Paul Zindel's The Pigman, the protagonist John Conlan reflects on how it was really due to his father's influence that John himself became a heavy drinker and how his mother doesn't...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2015 7:32 am UTC

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The following is from the eNotes page on this novel. You can find out more about other characters and additional literary elements by following the link below. Just go to the "Navigation" column...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2007 9:10 pm UTC

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Kenneth, John's older brother, is not a successful electrician. Conceivably, such an occupation would not be good enough for the pride and joy of the Conlan clan! Instead, Kenny is following in...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2009 9:57 am UTC

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The broader setting of The Pigman is Staten Island, NY in the 1960s. Some of the more significant settings in the Pigman are the school, the graveyard, the Pigman’s house, and the zoo. The school...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2011 2:26 pm UTC

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This question is very broad, because it doesn't ask what Lorraine's feelings are toward something or someone. I'll attempt to break down a few. First Lorraine's feelings about herself. Lorraine...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2016 1:45 pm UTC

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Readers can begin finding this information at the end of Chapter 3. John and Lorraine are telling readers about their prank phone calls and some of the games that they try to play with the people...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2018 1:44 pm UTC

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In Zindel's The Pigman, John and Lorraine meet Mr. Pignati at the zoo in the middle of chapter 6. While waiting for Mr. Pignati to arrive, John watches the sea-lion pool. This is when Lorraine...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2016 7:19 pm UTC

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I think Lorraine bought her mother stockings with the Pigman's money because she knows her mother needs some, and, despite their differences, she loves her mother and wants to help her...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2008 9:07 am UTC

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In the book, Mrs. Jensen is Lorraine's mother. She's a private nurse and often works the night shift. Her patients are usually elderly and terminally ill. Lorraine and her mother have a difficult...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2016 9:34 pm UTC

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When John and Lorraine first visited the Pigman's house, John was blown away by how happy the old man seemed to be to see them, even though it was the first time they had met. He says, "...the...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2009 12:47 am UTC

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In chapter 12, Lorraine notices that John is more concerned with his appearance and thinks that it might be because he has feelings for her. Until John kisses Lorraine while they play at pretending...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2019 4:48 pm UTC

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In Zindel's The Pigman, John writes about being a troublemaker in school. He brags about being called the Bathroom Bomber because he used to set off tiny bombs in bathrooms during his Freshman...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2016 6:42 pm UTC

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John and Lorraine only lied about their last names as a cover for the charity con they pulled on Mr. Pignati. By the time they visit the zoo with him, they ask him to call them by their first names...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2016 8:47 pm UTC

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In chapter 7 of Paul Zindel's The Pigman, John sits down to have dinner with his parents. John's father is mad at him because he glued the lock on the telephone shut. When his parents asked him...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2016 8:48 pm UTC

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Bobo is a baboon whom Mr. Pignati visits at the Baron Park Zoo almost every day. He feeds him peanuts and chocolate and plays with him. Mr. Pignati has probably spent most of his time with Bobo...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2016 2:56 am UTC

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When John and Lorraine first meet Mr. Pignati, his wife is dead, but he keeps himself busy by going to the zoo every day to see a baboon named Bobo. He calls Bobo his best friend. As their...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2016 9:10 pm UTC

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John and Lorraine believe that Norton is a big reason for Mr. Pignati's death. In order to establish their case, they bring up Norton's childhood experiences with dolls as proof of his disturbed...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2016 8:08 pm UTC

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The J & L Fund is a fictitious charity made up by John when Lorraine prank called Mr. Pignati. The kids play a game they call "telephone marathon" which includes keeping strangers on the phone...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2016 9:36 pm UTC

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Mr. Pignati is so lonely from missing his dead wife, Conchetta, that he befriends Bobo, a baboon, at the local zoo. Bobo is an ugly, mean baboon, but Mr. Pignati finds him endearing and treats...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2016 9:25 pm UTC

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John and Lorraine are buddies in high school. They sit down to write The Pigman, after their sweet friend, Mr. Pignati, dies from a heart attack. Each chapter is either written solely by John or...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2016 5:14 pm UTC

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John "drag(s)" Lorraine down to Tony's Market immediately after their first visit to the Pigman's house to cash the check the old man had given them.John and Lorraine had contacted the...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2008 2:18 pm UTC

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John wants to become an actor and Lorraine wants to become a writer. These are both artistic and creatively expressive aspirations. John is a very out-going, social guy who likes to entertain...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2016 5:37 pm UTC

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Dennis holds the record for the longest conversation in the phone marathon game. He had once picked out a woman "who lived alone and was desperate to talk to anyone". Dennis told the lady that he...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2009 1:58 pm UTC

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Lorraine's problems at home stem primarily from her mother. Lorraine's mother's issues with men and honesty create an unstable environment for Lorraine at home where she is overly criticized and...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2015 12:39 am UTC

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When John and Lorraine first call Mr. Pignati, he seems excited at the simple notion that Pignati is gullible and could easily be taken for a ride. So he does not necessarily like Mr. Pignati...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2018 4:37 pm UTC

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If you're referring to why John is taking out the beer cans, you can find this answer in chapter 12. In that chapter, John takes out the empty beer cans and garbage for two reasons. The first...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2019 3:06 pm UTC

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I feel this question has to be answered by some reference to John's family situation, and in particular the way that his father is constantly pressurising him to join his profession and ignores...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2011 7:34 pm UTC

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The story of "The Assassin and the Boatman" that Mr. Pignati tells goes like this:A wife lives with her husband at one side of a river. She has a lover who lives at the other side of the...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2008 10:26 am UTC

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At the hospital, Mr. Pignati asks Lorraine and John to take care of his house and Bobo (the baboon at the zoo). Bobo is Mr. Pignati's favorite animal at the zoo. Since Mr. Pignati is in the...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2017 2:59 pm UTC

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John is an artistic, talented, misunderstood, ingenious, and oppressed teen who does what he can to add a little color to his life. He lives under the control of his father and obsessive mother who...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2008 11:28 pm UTC

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On the page preceding chapter one, there is an interesting type of prologue entitled "The Oath." John and Lorraine announce here that the story they are writing is true and a "memorial epic" for...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2016 8:25 pm UTC

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The party is the brain child of John, as the end of Chapter Twelve makes clear. It is he who has planend the party without asking Lorraine and Lorraine reports that John begins to tidy up and get...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2011 9:09 pm UTC

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The geographical setting is Staten Island, near but removed from the hustle and bustle of New York City. Were the story to be set directly in the city, John and Lorraine would likely have more to...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2008 1:00 pm UTC

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In Zindel's The Pigman, Mr. Pignati shows affection for John and Lorraine in many ways. He's like the grandfather neither one of them ever had. First, when he meets them at the zoo in chapter 6, he...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2016 8:12 pm UTC

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If you are talking about The Pigman, there are three omens that the character Lorraine sees when she goes to the zoo with Mr. Pignati and John. Lorraine feels uneasy throughout the trip, beginning...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2015 2:56 am UTC

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The answer to this question can be found in Chapter Seven, which explains John's penchant for visiting the nearest cemetery. As he sits there and wonders about if there is anybody in heaven and...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2011 9:26 pm UTC

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In chapter 12, John and Lorraine confess to Mr. Pignati that they are not members of the "L & J Fund" afterall. Their guilt has gotten the better of them as they have grown to care for Mr....

Latest answer posted March 10, 2010 11:56 pm UTC

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The relationship between Mr. Pignati, Lorraine, and John begins with lies on both sides. Lorraine and John claim to be calling from a charity, and when Mr. Pignati falls for their scheme, John...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2020 2:04 pm UTC

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Let us remember that to Mr. Pignati, Bobo was almost a replacement for his wife. In his state of solitude, his regular visits to Bobo and the delight that he takes in Bobo clearly illustrates how...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2011 8:52 pm UTC

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In Chapter 2 of Paul Zindel's young adult novel The Pigman, Lorraine uses the fact that John is "extremely handsome" to justify how often John gets away with his rebellious behavior. As she...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2015 4:18 am UTC

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In Paul Zindel's The Pigman, Lorraine makes a prank phone call to Mr. Pignati one night, which ends with John convincing the senior citizen to donate ten dollars to a fake cause. John promises Mr....

Latest answer posted October 7, 2016 6:09 pm UTC

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