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. How old was Andrew when he received his first harmonica?

2. What tension is there at Asphalt Hill?

3. What cheers Yolanda's spirits?

4. What will be better with the move?

5. What does Yolanda offer to teach Shirley?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Yolanda and Andrew visit Stellers music store?

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

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

4. What happens when Momma finally notices Andrew's new harmonica?

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

6. How does Yolanda go about getting Andrew a new harmonica?

7. What happens when Yolanda notices three men eying her momma?

8. How do Yolanda and Andrew play in their concert for Aunt Tiny and Yolanda's momma, and how do the two women respond to the performance?

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

10. What is a problem with how Andrew reacts to his sister dragging him around the park?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "Yolonda's Genius".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "Yolonda's Genius". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "Yolonda's Genius". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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

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.

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