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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 Miss Harris admit after class?

2. What is Gilly's prank?

3. What does Gilly do when the principal offers to help her?

4. What kind of book does Mrs. Trotter say Mr. Randolph likes?

5. What does Gilly mean when she says Trotter must think Gilly's "mental"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. In the beginning of Chapter 1, what is learned about Gilly Hopkins' time in the foster system?

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

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

8. What do Gilly and Agnes have in common?

9. How does Mr. Randolph explain the word "mean" to Gilly when she asks how a flower can be mean?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What happens when Gilly's grandmother shows up--not just the bad timing but the fact that she does show up? Is Gilly surprised? Happy? Disappointed? Uncertain? After all her time wanting to be with her mother, why does Gilly react as she does when she learns her mother wants her to be with her grandmother? Answer and explain in an essay.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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