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. How negatively does Miss Harris react in class to the prank?

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

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

4. Who does Gilly walk home after they are finished flying the plane?

5. What does Gilly to to frighten William Ernest?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Gilly's first impression of Agnes Stokes, the girl she meets at recess on her second day in her new school?

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

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

4. At the end of Chapter 5, why won't Gilly look over her shoulder at Mrs. Trotter?

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

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

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

8. What does Gilly do at recess on the playground?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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