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 tension is there at Asphalt Hill?

2. What does Andrew tell Yolanda finally concerning his harmonica?

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

4. What does Yolanda suddenly remember when Shirley mentions Andrew?

5. What does Vic show Andrew?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Andrew go to Asphalt Hill?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why is Yolanda suspicious of Shirley, yet still talks to her?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of "Yolonda's Genius" and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of "Yolonda's Genius" and why?

3. Which three secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Do any of the characters seem unnecessary? Which ones? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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