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 usually have when she answers a question in class?

2. To what smell does Yolando wake?

3. Where does Yolanda's mother decide to move her family?

4. Why doesn't Andrew feel connected to the sounds in the house?

5. How many terrible things have happened recently in Yolanda's life?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Yolanda tell herself as she is running to Asphalt Hill?

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

3. How does Vic use music to make a connection with Andrew?

4. Describe Andrew's encounter with the drug pushers at Asphalt Hill.

5. What gives Yolanda comfort in her new home?

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

7. Why does Yolanda usually add a comment when she answers a question?

8. How is the cake when Yolanda returns from the park with Andrew?

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

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

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

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Yolonda's Genius is? Explain your response.

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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