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. Who was at the playground when Andrew was there?

2. What does Yolanda do a lot of in the classroom?

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

4. What does Romulus ask of Andrew?

5. How old was Andrew when he received his first harmonica?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Yolanda go about getting Andrew a new harmonica?

2. Why doesn't there seem to be any way back stage?

3. Why does Momma decide to move from Chicago?

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

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

6. Who is impressed by Yolanda and why?

7. What happens that gives Yolanda an idea about how to get back stage?

8. How does Yolanda explain all her questions to the security guards?

9. What does Aunt Tiny do for a living, and how does that help Yolanda's family?

10. Describe the exchange between Yolanda and Shirley in school concerning the jump rope.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of "Yolonda's Genius" and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of "Yolonda's Genius" and why?

3. Which three secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Do any of the characters seem unnecessary? Which ones? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Yolonda's Genius", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement.) Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "Yolonda's Genius". (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot.) Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not? Do you think "Yolonda's Genius" ends on a happy note? Why or why not.

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "Yolonda's Genius" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why this book is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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