Yolonda's Genius Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Carol Fenner
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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. Who is Willie Meredith?

2. Why doesn't Andrew feel connected to the sounds in the house?

3. What does Andrew continue to do after school?

4. What does Yolanda discover in the middle of the night?

5. What is Yolanda doing while Andrew is playing his harmonica near Asphalt Hill?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Yolanda and Andrew visit Stellers music store?

2. Why is Yolanda unable to listen as the concert opens?

3. How does Yolanda respond to the cruel comments by the other children on the bus?

4. How does Vic use music to make a connection with Andrew?

5. What is one terrible thing that has happened lately?

6. What idea does Momma bring up while they are traveling that disturbs Yolanda?

7. Why does Yolanda send Shirley away in a cruel manner?

8. What disturbs Yolanda about how Aunt Tiny fixes Yolanda's mother's hair?

9. 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?

10. How is Andrew responding to the new harmonica and what does Yolanda think will help him?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "Yolonda's Genius" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1, and judge if it is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "Yolonda's Genius" a successful novel? What about teens?

Essay Topic 2

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "Yolonda's Genius"--questions that Fenner may wish readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Fenner's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Fenner's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

Essay Topic 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "Yolonda's Genius" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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