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 word does Yolanda look up in the dictionary?

2. What does Shirley hope Yolanda will teach her?

3. What picture does Miss Gilluly give Andrew and ask him what it is?

4. What does Yolanda think about all day?

5. Who is Romulus Foster?

Short Essay Questions

1. What gives Yolanda comfort in her new home?

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

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

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

5. What does Yolanda go to the library to research and what does she learn?

6. What has Miss Gilluly done in relation to teaching Andrew to read?

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

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

9. How does Yolanda feel in Michigan and why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "Yolonda's Genius" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Yolanda is eleven throughout much of the novel. Discuss the following:

1. What are some ways that Yolanda seems like an average eleven year old? Give examples and why you say her activities are average teen activities.

2. What are some ways that Yolanda seems older than her age of 11? Give specific examples and discuss whether they seem consistent with the character of Yolanda as she is developed throughout the book.

3. Do you think most eleven year old girls would look out for their six-year-old brother in the ways Yolanda does? Why or why not.

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