The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What state do Trisha, Pete, and Quilla live in?

2. As Trisha dabs mud on her face, she thinks of what television series?

3. What team does Tom Gordon play for?

4. What time does the Red Sox game start according to an ad Trisha hears on the radio?

5. What animal does Trisha accidentally put her hand on?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the daydream Trisha has about Tom Gordon at the end of Chapter 1.

2. What does Trisha imagine to make herself feel better after she realizes she does not know much about the wilderness?

3. What does Trisha learn from "Little House on the Prairie"?

4. How does Trisha end up at the edge of a cliff?

5. Why does Trisha refuse to drink from the stream at first?

6. Why does Trisha become optimistic about the day that she and her family go on a hike?

7. Why do Quilla and Pete fight so much?

8. Why does Trisha faint at the end of Chapter 4?

9. Why do the police begin to look for a man named Mazzerole?

10. Why does Trisha think there is no chance of her getting lost?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, Trisha searches for something to believe in. Describe three instances where she searches for a higher power in some way and explain their relevance to the novel. Why does Trisha have such a desire to believe in something?

Essay Topic 2

Explore the dream Trisha has where she is at Larry's house in Malden. Why do you think she has such a vicious dream about her father? What does his taunting imply? What could this dream mean for Trisha? What is the significance of the wasps' nest Trisha finds behind the cellar door?

Essay Topic 3

Explore Trisha's relationship with her father. What is their dynamic? Why do you think she imitates him on so many levels? Why is it important that she does not imitate his spiritual belief?

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