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. What does Yolanda's Momma find in Andrew's pocket?

2. What other sound does Andrew like to hear on Asphalt Hill?

3. What does Yolanda miss about her former home?

4. What is one group that hangs out at Asphalt Hill?

5. What is failing to hold Andrew's interest?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Yolanda "borrow" of her mother's, and what is she thinking about as she does so?

3. Who is Andrew's teacher and why is she scolding him?

4. What gives Yolanda comfort in her new home?

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

6. How does Yolanda steer Shirley's interest away from talking about jump roping?

7. How is the cake when Yolanda returns from the park with Andrew?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols, then trace and analyze their appearance in "Yolonda's Genius". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Fenner chooses the symbols she does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in "Yolonda's Genius". Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Fenner chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Fenner's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Fenner use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme.)

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

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "Yolonda's Genius" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "Yolonda's Genius"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in "Yolonda's Genius" to discuss, and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

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