The Great Gilly Hopkins 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 does Mrs. Trotter say about making friends with Gilly?

2. What does the principal tell Gilly after dismissing the other students in the fight?

3. What does Miss Harris admit after class?

4. What happens when Gilly tells William Ernest he is going to have to stand on her shoulders while she stands on the back of a chair?

5. What does Gilly do before she starts cleaning Mrs. Trotter's chandelier?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does Gilly get the idea to play an unkind racist joke on Miss Harris?

2. What does Agnes Stokes take for granted about Gilly?

3. Why has Gilly decided to pay attention in Miss Harris's class?

4. What does Gilly ask to be allowed to do that surprises Mrs. Trotter?

5. What happens to Gilly when she is cleaning shelves for Mr. Randolph while he is in the room?

6. What is so special to Gilly about the photo she carries with her from foster home to foster home?

7. What goes through Gilly's mind when she thinks about her last foster parents getting rid of her?

8. What does Mr. Evans, Gilly's new principal, explain about the class he is putting Gilly into?

9. What does Gilly's social worker, Miss Ellis, try to explain to Gilly before they arrive at her new foster home?

10. Why does Gilly become so upset when she learns about Mrs. Trotter's regular dinner guest, Mr. Randolph?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain what happens when Gilly finally meets her mother. What surprises her about her mother? What does her mother say or do that upsets her? Why does she want to leave? What does Mrs. Trotter tell her that makes her decide to stay with her grandmother?

Essay Topic 2

Have the students write an essay about Mr. Randolph's apparent fear that his son will make him move in with him. Why is he so determined to stay on his own? Aren't his blindness and age reasons enough he should move in with someone who can look after him? Is he grasping to his last shred of independence? Is this common among elderly, or is this just one man's stubbornness?

Essay Topic 3

Have the students explain Gilly's reaction to her grandmother and her new home. What fact stands out to Gilly? Why can't she put out her mother's photograph?

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