Yolonda's Genius 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 does Yolanda feel in her new home?

2. What does Yolanda decide to bake?

3. What cheers Yolanda's spirits?

4. How does Andrew wake up the family in the mornings?

5. What does Yolanda's mother hope Andrew some day becomes?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Shirley say about double-dutch that causes Yolanda great discomfort?

2. What does Yolanda go to the library to research and what does she learn?

3. Why is Yolanda suspicious of Shirley, yet still talks to her?

4. What does Yolanda yell to Shirley as Yolanda is running out of the house?

5. What is Yolanda thinking about as the novel opens?

6. What has Miss Gilluly done in relation to teaching Andrew to read?

7. Why does Momma decide to move from Chicago?

8. How does Shirley react to what Yolanda tells her?

9. How is Andrew when Yolanda finds him, and what is her reaction?

10. What are the skaters at Asphalt Hill's reactions to Andrew's harmonica playing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Yolanda is eleven throughout much of the novel. Discuss the following:

1. What are some ways that Yolanda seems like an average eleven year old? Give examples and why you say her activities are average teen activities.

2. What are some ways that Yolanda seems older than her age of 11? Give specific examples and discuss whether they seem consistent with the character of Yolanda as she is developed throughout the book.

3. Do you think most eleven year old girls would look out for their six-year-old brother in the ways Yolanda does? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of "Yolonda's Genius" and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of "Yolonda's Genius" and why?

3. Which three secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Do any of the characters seem unnecessary? Which ones? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Yolonda's Genius is? Explain your response.

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