The Pigman Discussion Questions

Instructor: Jason Lineberger

Jason has 20 years of education experience including 14 years of teaching college literature.

Are you planning to use Paul Zindel's book 'The Pigman' in your class? This lesson contains discussion questions you can use before, during, and after reading the book to help your students develop insight into the themes and motifs of the novel.

The Pigman

Zindel's The Pigman tells the story of John and Lorraine, two high schoolers who are bored with their lives. They mean to prey on lonely Mr. Pignati, and while they do trick him out of some money, they also become fast friends with the reclusive widower. The story of how their friendship comes together (and subsequently falls apart) invites readers to consider issues as diverse as the meaning of family, maturity, the nature of mortality, and even the promised escapism of rebellion and drinking. The questions below are divided into two sections: ones to be used before reading the book and ones for during or after the novel. These discussion questions can work with pairs, small groups, or entire classes.

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