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 realize when she reads the word definition?

2. For what is Andrew scolded?

3. About what does Yolanda need to talk to someone?

4. Why is Yolanda shouting at Andrew in the morning?

5. What does Yolanda take Shirley through with painstaking detail?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Yolanda suspicious of Shirley, yet still talks to her?

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

3. What gives Yolanda comfort in her new home?

4. Who does Andrew meet when he arrives for his reading lesson?

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

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

7. Why is the darker side of Asphalt Hill, and what are Andrews thoughts about that?

8. What are the skaters at Asphalt Hill's reactions to Andrew's harmonica playing?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadow are in "Yolonda's Genius"? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in this story, including why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "Yolonda's Genius" and your own live to support your opinion.

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

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Carol Fenner.

2. What in Carol Fenner's background may have helped her in writing "Yolonda's Genius"? What may have influenced the way she depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

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