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?
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?
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.)
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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