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. Where does Yolanda's mother decide to move her family?

2. Where does Yolanda go on the bus?

3. What does Vic ask Andrew to play on Andrew's harmonica?

4. What is Yolanda not allowed to do at home?

5. How does Andrew seem when Yolanda reaches him at the park?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Momma want Yolanda to study in college and what are Yolanda's ambitions?

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

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

7. What does Momma say in reply to Yolanda saying Andrew is a genius and needs a special school?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation of how Yolanda is prejudice towards a white girl and thinks stereotypically when most people think of racism in the United States as being white prejudice towards blacks.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from "Yolonda's Genius". What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?

3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in "Yolonda's Genius" and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why or why not. Some possible techniques: allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.

Essay Topic 3

In most fiction, readers would like all the loose ends to be neatly "tied up." Discuss the following:

1. Do you think "Yolonda's Genius" is successful as a learning tool? Why or why not.

2. What about this book would motivate you to read another of Carol Fenner's western novels? What would discourage you from doing so?

3. Were all the "loose ends" satisfactorily settled for you? Why or why not?

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