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 miss about her former home?

2. What does Momma always do for her children before leaving for work?

3. How does Andrew wake up the family in the mornings?

4. Who was shot by the person with the gun?

5. What lie has come back to haunt Yolanda?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Yolanda feel in Michigan and why?

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Yolanda steer Shirley's interest away from talking about jump roping?

10. What does Yolanda "borrow" of her mother's, and what is she thinking about as she does so?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

"Yolonda's Genius" belongs to the teen fiction genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the teen fiction genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a teen fiction and teen historical fiction?

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