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

Carol Fenner
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "Yolonda's Genius" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

"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?

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?

(see the answer keys)

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