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 make the rest of the kids feel?

2. What tension is there at Asphalt Hill?

3. What is Yolanda's mother always pestering her to do?

4. What does Yolanda suddenly remember when Shirley mentions Andrew?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is impressed by Yolanda and why?

2. How does Andrew become confused when Miss Gilluly shows him a picture of a dog?

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

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

5. Where has Yolanda chosen to sit in her classroom and why?

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

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

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

9. What does Yolanda tell herself as she is running to Asphalt Hill?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

"Yolonda's Genius" belongs to the teen fiction genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the teen fiction genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a teen fiction and teen historical fiction?

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