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

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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

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "Yolonda's Genius". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of human genius in "Yolonda's Genius". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why? What do you think Yolanda would label as genius?

3. Trace and analyze the themes of bullying and prejudice in "Yolonda's Genius". Who are bullies? Who stands up to bullies? Who does not? Why do those who bully do so? Who is prejudice? What type of prejudice? What do you think is the result of Yolanda's prejudice? Who is able to change from being a bully? From prejudice?

Over the course of "Yolonda's Genius", Yolanda grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. "Yolonda's Genius" might be considered a slice of Yolanda's larger story of her "coming of age." It might be said that the story is a "bildungsroman" of the narrator. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze Yolanda as she changes from a somewhat rigid, bigoted girl to a wiser, less rigid girl. What are the significant events that change her?

3. After thoroughly analyzing the narrator's growth throughout "Yolonda's Genius", do you think the novel could be considered Yolanda's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in "Yolonda's Genius" who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

"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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