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. To what smell does Yolando wake?

2. For what is Andrew scolded?

3. What does Vic show Andrew?

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

5. How does Shirley respond to Yolanda talking to her?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Yolanda feel after Shirley leaves and what does she say to her aunt Tiny about Shirley?

2. How is Andrew when Yolanda finds him, and what is her reaction?

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

4. What game does Yolanda explain at the opening to Chapter 17?

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

6. What is Yolanda thinking about as the novel opens?

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

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

9. Why does Andrew go to Asphalt Hill?

10. What is the other terrible thing that has happened recently?

Essay 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

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

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.

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