The Pigman Questions and Answers

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Mr. Pignati is an older gentleman who lives alone on Howard Avenue. His wife died awhile back, but he tells people that she is on vacation in California. He has a fun and interesting personality...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2016 4:15 pm UTC

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The party starts in chapter 13, but Mr. Pignati is not there because he is in the hospital recovering from a minor heart attack. John and Lorraine really cross some lines by holding a party at his...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2016 1:25 am UTC

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"But that’s how it always is. Lorraine remembers the big words, and I remember the action. Which sort of makes sense when you stop to think that Lorraine is going to be a famous writer and I’m...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2015 6:27 pm UTC

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The answer to this question relates to John's family and his parents, and the way that they live such a boring life. His father in particular wants John to work in the stock exchange, like he does,...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2011 6:01 pm UTC

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In Chapter Three, John explains the rules for the telephone marathon, which is a prank calling game the teenagers play. The idea is to keep the person on for as long as possible by drawing out the...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2016 2:30 pm UTC

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Lorraine and John first meet Mr. Pignati while prank calling him. They lie and say they are collecting money for charity when he offers to give them $10.00. Then they actually follow through with...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2016 6:22 pm UTC

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Lorraine and her mother have a very strained relationship, but as far as parents go, she is all she's ever had. Lorraine doesn't know parent-child relationahips to be any different than the example...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2016 2:34 am UTC

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Love is demonstrated by Mr. Pignati multiple times as we learn about his past and present self through John and Lorraine's shared narration. Mr. Pignati from the very first moment is a man who...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016 10:47 am UTC

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When people are considered to be conceited, it means that they think very highly of themselves, which could refer to intellect as well as appearance. In Zindel's The Pigman, John speaks very highly...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2016 6:02 pm UTC

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John's habit of writing on desks shows his impulsive and rebellious nature. John is good-looking and intelligent, but he is bored with school and hates it with a passion. In addition, he has a...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2009 3:22 pm UTC

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Mr. Pignati introduces John and Lorraine to a game that will tell them what kind of people they are. He has them write the numbers 1-5 on a piece of paper. He then tells them a murder story with...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2007 6:46 am UTC

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Chapter 13 is the house party chapter. Mr. Pignati is in the hospital and John and Lorraine decide to host a teenage party in his home. This chapter is written from John's perspective, which starts...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2016 9:29 pm UTC

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Here is a quote by Lorraine about her mother:"If I made a list of every comment she's made about me, you'd think I was a monstrosity."This is the basis of the problems that Lorraine has...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2008 6:15 am UTC

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The first sentence of chapter one alerts readers to the book's title. Now, I don’t like school, which you might say is one of the factors that got us involved with this old guy we nicknamed the...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2018 12:59 am UTC

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The first omen that Lorraine says is a bad one is the woman selling peanuts. She doesn't hear Lorraine's order right, so she barks back at her like she doesn't like kids. At least that is how...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2016 9:04 pm UTC

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In chapter 6, Lorraine mentions that she doesn't wear crazy clothes, but that she likes wearing Ben Franklin glasses. She wears roller skates.She wears dresses that belonged to Mrs. Pignati, which...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2008 2:24 am UTC

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"The Pigman" by Paul Zindel is an interesting book, because a lot of the time two different chapters are relating the same events. That's because one chapter will be told by John, and the next...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2015 1:25 pm UTC

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The most notable thing about Mr. Pignati in The Pigman, by Paul Zindel, is the fact that he is a widower. His life is now shaped by the death of his wife and the grief he feels at this loss. He...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2013 7:06 pm UTC

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Norton Kelly is a kid who is headed for real trouble. While John and Lorraine toe the line and get into problematic situations, they are basically good and well-meaning at heart. Norton, however,...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2010 12:37 pm UTC

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Lorraine dislikes going to the zoo because it makes her sad to see "all those animals and birds and fish behind bars and glass just so a lot of people can stare at them". She is most likely...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2009 2:06 pm UTC

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Norton Kelly is a classmate of John and Lorraine's. They sometimes drink with him in the cemetery, or hang out and make prank calls together, but they don't really like him. In chapter 9, Lorraine...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2016 3:43 pm UTC

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I do not believe the exact location where Concetta's funeral was held is given in the book, although the services themselves were conducted by the "Silver Lake Company". The reader knows this...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2009 8:03 am UTC

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A screech owl is known for its high-pitched, loud, and annoying call. Norton probably calls Lorraine a screech owl because of these well-known qualities. However, Norton's derogatory term is...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2016 6:17 pm UTC

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By the end of Paul Zindel's novel The Pigman, the two protagonists, John Conlan and Lorraine Jensen, have realized that their greatest problem is their immaturity and that it is their immaturity...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2015 7:37 am UTC

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Chapter 4 is where the book really begins. The rest of the information is mostly exposition; however, when Lorraine prank-calls Mr. Pignati, the resulting conflict gets the plot moving, as all good...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2016 2:24 pm UTC

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Lorraine's mother suffers from the hardships of being a single mom and feelings of rejection from her former husband. Lorraine suffers from an emotionally absent mother who can't find a silver...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2016 4:31 pm UTC

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In Zindel's The Pigman, John, Norton, and Dennis are already buddies when Lorraine moves into the neighborhood. She first meets John at the bus stop for school and he introduces her to Norton and...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2016 7:52 pm UTC

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Lorraine and her mother don't have a good relationship because her mother is verbally condescending and cheap. Her mother has suffered a lot in her adult life because Lorraine's father cheated on...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2016 7:48 pm UTC

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Lorraine and John feel guilty about the Pigman for a number of reasons. First, though they are cool and hip when they are playing pranks on people, his love for his wife touches them, and they feel...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2008 8:50 am UTC

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The three monkeys in a cage found during the shopping trip to Beekman's department store are symbolic of the strange company of the three friends in the book: Lorraine, John, and Mr. Pignati. As...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2015 10:38 pm UTC

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While I have not read the novel The Pigman by Paul Zindel in a few years, I would love to see a movie adaptation of it. If I were to cast the movie at the time (or within a few years) I might have...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2010 7:44 am UTC

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Teachers ask this question with the hopes that you will elaborate on the part that you pick. Think about what the teacher has been focusing on in class and tell him/her about that along with your...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2012 5:02 am UTC

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The immediate consequence of Lorraine's action in telling the store worker she is Mr. Pignati's niece is "returning the smile to Mr. Pignati's face." The store worker had just asked Mr. Pignati if...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2010 4:59 am UTC

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Relationships is very much a theme of the Pigman. There is a relationship between Lorraine and her mother, it isn't exactly a healthy relationship but it is a real one. There is also the...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2008 8:35 am UTC

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Paul Zindel likely used animal imagery because it is something that most of his readers would be familiar with. Giving animals human characteristics is a very common form of personification. It's...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2015 8:15 pm UTC

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You might think of "The Pigman" as having several settings that are linked or interwoven. The overall setting is America, in the 1960s, while the two main characters are in high school....

Latest answer posted October 12, 2008 8:47 am UTC

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John, Norton, and Dennis usually go to the cemetery to drink beer together at "Masterson's Tomb." John says that he likes cemeteries because they are so well kept. For example, the lawns are green...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2016 9:03 pm UTC

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Norton calls Lorraine as "the screech owl" in The Pigman by Paul Zindel, and, in case there is any doubt, it is not meant as a compliment. John is defensive and makes Norton pay for his rude remark...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2013 10:11 pm UTC

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Norton calls Lorraine a screech owl in chapter 9 of Paul Zindel's book The Pigman. That is about halfway through the book, and by that time John and Lorraine have become fairly good friends. They...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2015 6:35 pm UTC

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Lorraine justifies John's outlandish behavior by relating it to his "source problem" which she considers his family to be. She explains his drinking almost as an experiment gone wrong when his...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2010 2:01 am UTC

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Lorraine's mother does not want her to go to Stryker's Luncheonette because she is afraid that she will get in trouble with the boys that hang out there. Stryker's Luncheonette is a favorite place...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2010 12:26 pm UTC

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I have a completely different take on this one. John and Norton hung out together, but they weren't really friends. In Chapter 9, which John writes, he says, "Lorraine told you she thinks...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2008 11:01 pm UTC

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The answer to this question can be found in Chapter Seven of this great novel. John describes the way that he was able to leave his house easily in order to meet Lorraine and go to Mr. Pignati's...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2011 8:18 pm UTC

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Whatever else might be said about him, the Pigman, or Mr. Pignati, to give him his proper name, is a fun guy to hang out with. This is mainly because he's a lonely man who doesn't have many...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2021 11:44 am UTC

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The type of character Norton is in comparison to John is opposite. Where Norton is socially inept, John has friends. Norton is not liked, while John is sought after (at least by Lorraine). We also...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2010 12:48 am UTC

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John and Lorraine are similar in a lot of ways. They both have horrible home lives. Lorraine's mother is emotionally abusive and is always telling Lorraine how ugly she is, and John's dad is as...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2019 10:53 pm UTC

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Basically, John and Lorraine are happy to be able to have a party because it is fun. Both of them come from dysfunctional families, and neither would have been allowed to do such a thing at home....

Latest answer posted January 25, 2010 7:40 am UTC

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In Paul Zindel’s novel The Pigman, John Conlan and Lorraine Jensen are two teenagers who enjoy doing pranks together. Lorraine chooses Mr. Angelo Pignati’s phone number out of the telephone book...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2020 4:08 am UTC

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Lorraine's mother is deeply misandrist, which simply means that she hates men. For many years now, Lorraine has been taught to fear, hate, and despise men. The reason for this lies in the...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2020 12:06 pm UTC

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Lorraine is nervous to be skipping school to meet John and Mr. Pignati at the zoo. She's also feeling a bit guilty because she and John had conned him out of $10.00 for a fake charity. In fact,...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2016 7:56 pm UTC

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