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 happens when Maime asks Gilly to help make salad for dinner?

2. What does Gilly make for William Ernest?

3. Why is Gilly so bothered by Miss Harris?

4. Who is Agnes Stokes?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What unpleasant memory does Gilly have when she thinks about Mrs. Trotter overprotecting William Ernest?

2. What analogy does Gilly use to describe Miss Harris's seeming lack of emotions?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. In Chapter 7, what plan is Gilly concocting?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Imagine Gilly's desperate need to live with her mother. Write an essay about her desperation and explain why it was so important to her. Is it normal after eight years, when she doesn't even remember her mother, to feel that way? What makes it worse for her?

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