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. Why doesn't Andrew feel connected to the sounds in the house?

2. What is Yolanda yelling to Shirley as Yolanda rushes out of the house?

3. How often had Shirley checked on the cake?

4. What does Yolanda usually have when she answers a question in class?

5. Who came into the school with a gun?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Yolanda yell to Shirley as Yolanda is running out of the house?

3. How is the cake when Yolanda returns from the park with Andrew?

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

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

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

7. Who does Andrew meet when he arrives for his reading lesson?

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

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

10. What does Yolanda "borrow" of her mother's, and what is she thinking about as she does so?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Understanding the setting, both the place and time, helps the reader to enjoy a novel. Discuss the following:

1. Research Chicago and Grand River, Michigan in the early 21st century, and write an informative essay about the social and geographical aspects.

2. Research the way drug pushers lure children to use drugs and write an informative essay about the situation and offer one or more solutions.

3. Compare/contrast the life of Yolanda in Chicago, IL and then Grand River, MI to your life when you were eleven.

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