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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 is Yolanda yelling to Shirley as Yolanda rushes out of the house?
2. How is the cake when Yolanda arrives back home?
3. Who came into the school with a gun?
4. Who is Romulus Foster?
5. Where does Yolanda's family live at the opening of the novel?
Short Essay Questions
1. What has Miss Gilluly done in relation to teaching Andrew to read?
2. What does Shirley say about double-dutch that causes Yolanda great discomfort?
3. Describe Andrew's encounter with the drug pushers at Asphalt Hill.
4. Why is the darker side of Asphalt Hill, and what are Andrews thoughts about that?
5. Why does Andrew go to Asphalt Hill?
6. Who is Andrew's teacher and why is she scolding him?
7. What is the other terrible thing that has happened recently?
8. What does Yolanda yell to Shirley as Yolanda is running out of the house?
9. How does Yolanda respond to the cruel comments by the other children on the bus?
10. What does Yolanda go to the library to research and what does she learn?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Characters are an important part of what makes "Yolonda's Genius" interesting. Discuss the following:
1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Yolanda. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Andrew. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Shirley Piper. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
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
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?
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