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 old was Andrew when he received his first harmonica?
2. What tension is there at Asphalt Hill?
3. What cheers Yolanda's spirits?
4. What will be better with the move?
5. What does Yolanda offer to teach Shirley?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens when Yolanda and Andrew visit Stellers music store?
2. What does Aunt Tiny do for a living, and how does that help Yolanda's family?
3. How does Yolanda feel after Shirley leaves and what does she say to her aunt Tiny about Shirley?
4. What happens when Momma finally notices Andrew's new harmonica?
5. What is Yolanda thinking about as the novel opens?
6. How does Yolanda go about getting Andrew a new harmonica?
7. What happens when Yolanda notices three men eying her momma?
8. How do Yolanda and Andrew play in their concert for Aunt Tiny and Yolanda's momma, and how do the two women respond to the performance?
9. Where has Yolanda chosen to sit in her classroom and why?
10. What is a problem with how Andrew reacts to his sister dragging him around the park?
Essay Topic 1
1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadow are in "Yolonda's Genius"? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?
2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in this story, including why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.
3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "Yolonda's Genius" and your own live to support your opinion.
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:
1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Carol Fenner.
2. What in Carol Fenner's background may have helped her in writing "Yolonda's Genius"? What may have influenced the way she depicts various characters and scenes?
3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.
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