Yolonda's Genius Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who is Romulus Foster?

2. Who was at the playground when Andrew was there?

3. What is Yolanda's mother always pestering her to do?

4. How is the cake when Yolanda arrives back home?

5. What does Yolanda do a lot of in the classroom?

Short Essay Questions

1. What gives Yolanda comfort in her new home?

2. How does Yolanda feel in Michigan and why?

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

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

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

6. What does Shirley say about double-dutch that causes Yolanda great discomfort?

7. Where has Yolanda chosen to sit in her classroom and why?

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

9. Who is impressed by Yolanda and why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation of how Yolanda is prejudice towards a white girl and thinks stereotypically when most people think of racism in the United States as being white prejudice towards blacks.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from "Yolonda's Genius". What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?

3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in "Yolonda's Genius" and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why or why not. Some possible techniques: allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.

Essay Topic 3

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "Yolonda's Genius" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "Yolonda's Genius"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in "Yolonda's Genius" to discuss, and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

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