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. Why is Gilly so bothered by Miss Harris?

2. What does Gilly want to see Miss Harris do before she leaves Mrs. Trotter's home?

3. What nickname gives Gilly great pride?

4. After all her work dusting both homes, what does Gilly have to show for it?

5. What upsets Gilly when she starts reading a poem?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is Gilly's usual trick to get her teachers upset about her abilities?

4. What is Gilly's reply when Mrs. Trotter empathizes with the difficulty Gilly must have had by being moved around so often?

5. Why does Gilly slam the book shut after she begins reading poetry to Mr. Randolph?

6. What is upsetting to Gilly after she plays her joke on Miss Harris?

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

8. What is Gilly thinking after meeting her new foster mother, Mrs. Trotter?

9. What makes Gilly change her mind and comb her hair for her first day of school?

10. What does Miss Harris tell Gilly about her given name, Galadriel, and how does Gilly respond when her new teacher asks to call her by that name?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Have the students write about Gilly's pride that everything she does that was bad. It is normal for a child to act out occasionally, but is Gilly's acting out normal? Why does she act out? What is her reward for being bad? Explain answers.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay and explain where the turning point is in the story. When does Gilly begin to accept and maybe even like living at Mrs. Trotter's. Explain what the circumstances are that changed Gilly.

Essay Topic 3

Have the students write an essay about Gilly's tendency to believe she is better than anyone else. Does it go beyond high self-esteem to the point of conceit? What drives her to be better, smarter, stronger, etc.? Is there anything wrong with feeling that way? If so, what?

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