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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. Why is Andrew uninterested in the photograph?
2. What was Andrew told would help his Momma?
3. About what does Andrew dream?
4. What does Andrew tell Yolanda finally concerning his harmonica?
5. What did Andrew not know about what was in his pocket?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who does Andrew meet when he arrives for his reading lesson?
2. Why is the darker side of Asphalt Hill, and what are Andrews thoughts about that?
3. Why does Yolanda usually add a comment when she answers a question?
4. What gives Yolanda comfort in her new home?
5. What is the other terrible thing that has happened recently?
6. What does Yolanda "borrow" of her mother's, and what is she thinking about as she does so?
7. What does Shirley say about double-dutch that causes Yolanda great discomfort?
8. How does Yolanda go about getting Andrew a new harmonica?
9. Why does Andrew go to Asphalt Hill?
10. How does Yolanda steer Shirley's interest away from talking about jump roping?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Choose one of the following to discuss:
1. Choose two significant symbols, then trace and analyze their appearance in "Yolonda's Genius". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Fenner chooses the symbols she does?
2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in "Yolonda's Genius". Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Fenner chooses the metaphors she does?
3. Discuss Fenner's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Fenner use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme.)
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
In most fiction, readers would like all the loose ends to be neatly "tied up." Discuss the following:
1. Do you think "Yolonda's Genius" is successful as a learning tool? Why or why not.
2. What about this book would motivate you to read another of Carol Fenner's western novels? What would discourage you from doing so?
3. Were all the "loose ends" satisfactorily settled for you? Why or why not?
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