The Pigman Questions and Answers

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There are lots of strange words and/or phrases that appear in the novel:schizoparanoiacscard (as in "you're being a card")attache (not something you hear everyday when talking about a...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2008 11:57 pm UTC

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John has made the chilling discovery that, contrary to what Mr. Pignati had always maintained, his wife, Conchetta, isn't visiting her sister in California. He knows this because he's been snooping...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2020 12:31 pm UTC

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John feels like he is in a cage because of his oppressive home life. His relationship with his parents is awful. John refers to his father as "The Bore." He thinks his dad is boring and that his...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2015 2:51 pm UTC

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The kids portrayed in Zindel's The Pigman have unique family issues. Lorraine lives with her single mother, who projects her own fears about men and life onto her daughter. As a result, Lorraine...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2016 4:22 am UTC

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Conchetta and Mr. Pignati are like Lorraine's parents in that both couples are incomplete. Mr. Pignati has been separated from Conchetta through death, and Mrs. Jensen's husband has left her after...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2008 3:28 pm UTC

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DDT was a pesiticide that was used a lot in the old days. So to DDT-dust someone would mean to put pesticide all over them. That implies that the person you are doing it to must have bugs on them...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2010 1:53 am UTC

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The structure of Paul Zindel’s novel The Pigman makes it difficult to state with certainty which character is intended as the protagonist. The author creates two strong characters in John and...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2020 2:40 am UTC

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Janice Dickery dropped out of school in her junior year. Janice Dickery is one of the first girls who arrive at the party at the Pigman's house. John says she is "a lovely, sweet girl" who is "very...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2010 2:01 pm UTC

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Gosh, what pressures aren't they facing? As teenagers coming into adulthood, they are pressured to find both identities and careers. Think of John's relationship with "The Bore," for...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2008 2:56 am UTC

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Norton has a history of being mean and a thief. John explains in chapter nine that Norton's mom let him play with dolls when he was a kid. When he got older, kids at school found out and teased...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2016 5:16 pm UTC

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The mother-daughter scene in chapter 6 of Zindel's The Pigman gives the reader a day-in-the-life view of Lorraine and her mother's relationship. Lorraine complains about her mother in previous...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2016 3:28 am UTC

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John's mother suggests that he go do his homework at a friend's house because John and his father always seem to get into angry confrontations when they are together. John's mother says,"Your...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2008 3:37 pm UTC

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Mr. Pignati is a lonely old man who is desperate for friends, but he is also a good person. He may have been so desperate for company that he didn't think $10 was a huge amount to pay for it. He...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2012 10:09 pm UTC

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I am assuming that you are asking about the floorwalker that John, Lorraine, and Mr. Pignati encounter at the pet shop. The three of them are looking at some monkeys in a cage, when John suggests...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2010 3:52 pm UTC

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John tells us how the whole incident with the Pigman started in the fourth paragraph of Chapter 3. He says, "I suppose it all started when Lorraine and I and these two amoebae called Dennis Kobin...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2010 2:44 am UTC

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The Pigman (a wonderfully fun book) is about two teenagers who make an unexpectedly profound friendship with an older man (the Pigman). For more detailed summaries, see that section of the enotes...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2007 9:05 am UTC

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In the second chapter of Paul Zindel's The Pigman, Lorraine, who is narrating the chapter, makes it very clear that the prospect of death doesn't phase John.As Lorraine describes, John is a very...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2015 12:29 am UTC

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The night that John and Lorraine's relationship changes is the night they stay at Mr. Pignati's house alone. They dress up in the clothes they find, and Lorraine cooks dinner. There are a lot of...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2019 10:10 pm UTC

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The best actress for Mrs. Conlan would be someone who can access an emotionally frigid disposition. Mrs. Conlan's high strung and "hyper" condition prevents any real emotions to enter. She uses...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2013 10:21 pm UTC

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Yes. A person's environment is not only a driving force, but it is a critical factor in determining how a person behaves. At the core of your question is the classic nature vs. nurture debate....

Latest answer posted December 25, 2015 1:41 pm UTC

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The main thing John likes about Lorraine is her do-anything attitude. She doesn't treat him like his parents do by disregarding his feelings, nor does she scoff at the things he says or does....

Latest answer posted March 9, 2010 11:55 pm UTC

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Angelo Pignati is a retired electrician, who lives by himself and is extremely lonely until he meets two teenagers named John and Lorraine. After Lorraine randomly prank calls Pignati, he agrees to...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2019 2:54 pm UTC

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To contextualise, it is clear from early on that John and Lorraine have dysfunctional relationships with their respective parents. John has deeply entrenched problems with authority at large,...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2019 3:25 am UTC

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Ah, you should read this book. It's a lot of fun. As far as conflicts, there are several conflicts. Actually, the book is made up of conflicts. The two teenagers who are the main characters are...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2007 12:08 am UTC

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Zindel's novel takes place in New York City, and the Manhattan Transfer is located on 5th Avenue. John and Lorraine must travel through the Manhattan Transfer in order to reach Mr. Pignati's home....

Latest answer posted February 26, 2008 11:31 pm UTC

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Chapter 2 in Zindel's The Pigman ends with John and Lorraine sitting on the bus laughing for no apparent reason. This is how they first bond and become friends, but there are some questions that...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2016 7:00 pm UTC

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In chapter 10, we learn that Mr. Pignati has a heart attack and must spend several days in the hospital. Both John and Lorraine masquerade as Mr. Pignati's children in order to see him during...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2021 4:03 pm UTC

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When John tells his father he wants to be an actor in one of the rare conversations they share in the novel, his father, (or "Bore" as John often refers to him), reacts by telling him not to be a...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2010 11:52 pm UTC

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Fifteen year-old Lorraine is "is intelligent and thoughtful, is interested in psychology, and wants to be a writer. She moved into John's neighborhood at the beginning of freshman year, and the...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2007 10:46 am UTC

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There are two reasons. First, he doesn't like Norton. Norton is always making fun of people. Lorraine is John's best friend, so it angers John and he gets defensive. He calls Norton names is...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2011 7:34 am UTC

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To Lorraine's surprise, John eventually "break(s) down" and starts buying his own six-packs of beer to bring to Mr. Pignatti's house (Chapter 10).Delighted at having John and Lorraine's...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2008 10:33 am UTC

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The Pigman feeds Bobo peanuts. I do not believe he feeds him hot dogs.When Bobo, "the ugliest, most vicous-looking baboon (Lorraine) has ever seen in (her) life" responds to the Pigman's...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2008 9:46 am UTC

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Paul Zindel has written several plays, numerous novels, and even a screenplay. Some of his novels are listed below. 1. The Pigman (1968) 2. My Darling, My Hamburger (1969) 3. Pardon Me, You're...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2007 2:51 am UTC

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In chapter 2 of Paul Zindel's The Pigman, John and Lorraine notice each other at their bus stop. Lorraine explains that one day John had to sit next to her because there was nowhere else for him to...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2016 8:17 pm UTC

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You want to choose a scene that is significant to the book, has a setting that is easy enough to replicate, and doesn't require many characters. One of the most important parts of the rising...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2011 7:46 am UTC

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Neither John nor Lorraine have a very good relationship with their parents, and so bringing friends over to use the phone would be impossible at both their houses. John says that they "couldn't...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2010 12:09 pm UTC

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When writing a book report, consult the teacher's requirements first. If the report is simply to summarize the reading, then focus on the main points of the story that move the plot forward. If, on...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2016 7:51 pm UTC

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For Lorraine I would most definitely give her a journal. She wants to be a writer when she grows up, so it makes sense that she would be interested in writing down her thoughts onto paper at such...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2015 2:43 pm UTC

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After college, Zindel worked briefly as a technical writer for Allied Chemical.

Latest answer posted February 13, 2007 3:24 am UTC

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One could definitely argue that Zindel's The Pigman addresses the question of our environment affecting our behavior. Zindel shows that our environment does contribute to our character and behavior...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2016 8:24 pm UTC

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What started out as a seemingly harmless prank call really turned out to be what changed the lives of John, Lorraine, and Mr. Pignati. If John and Lorraine had not made the prank call pretending to...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2008 3:02 am UTC

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The entire novel is meant to be a memorial written by John and Lorraine in memory of their friend Mr. Pignati, and so the simple answer would be that the most important character in the novel is...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2018 5:12 pm UTC

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In Chapter 13, John and Lorraine invite some friends over the the Pigman's house while he is at the hospital, and the party gets out of hand. Norton and John get in a fight, and after Norton hits...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2007 6:36 am UTC

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Knowing what one is reading is of the utmost importance. When reading any text, one must make sure that he or she looks up any words which are not known or understood. If one skips over the term,...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2013 12:41 am UTC

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Mr. Pignati endures much during the course of this story, but he does not die alone. The two teenagers who had originally tried to swindle him out of some money, but then grew fond of him, were...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2020 11:06 am UTC

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I would say that more than one line shows John's attitude, and that both are found near the end of the chapter. When he's discussing the substitute teacher, he says the guy was "so enthusiastic"...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2009 3:46 am UTC

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One big life issue that John faces throughout the book is how to deal with drugs and alcohol. John smokes a lot through the book, which is a concern of mine, but I feel that his alcohol drinking...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2015 12:55 am UTC

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"Bore" is the name John gives to his father, which seems not only to represent how he feels when his father is talking, but it also symbolizes a rough relationship between father and son. When...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2018 5:29 pm UTC

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Lorraine's mother leads a pretty miserable life on the whole. She seldom smiles and never enjoys herself. Her whole sorry existence is perpetually plagued with one problem or another. Whether it's...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2018 8:25 am UTC

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