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

Carol Fenner
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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 Yolanda suspicious of Shirley?

2. Who scolds Andrew?

3. Who is Stoney Buxton?

4. What is Yolanda's mother always pestering her to do?

5. Who came into the school with a gun?

Short Essay Questions

1. What has Miss Gilluly done in relation to teaching Andrew to read?

2. How does Yolanda go about getting Andrew a new harmonica?

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

4. What is the other terrible thing that has happened recently?

5. Who is Andrew's teacher and why is she scolding him?

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

7. How does Yolanda respond to the cruel comments by the other children on the bus?

8. What does Shirley say about double-dutch that causes Yolanda great discomfort?

9. How does Yolanda steer Shirley's interest away from talking about jump roping?

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation of how Yolanda is prejudice towards a white girl and thinks stereotypically when most people think of racism in the United States as being white prejudice towards blacks.

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from "Yolonda's Genius". What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?

3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in "Yolonda's Genius" and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why or why not. Some possible techniques: allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of "Yolonda's Genius" and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of "Yolonda's Genius" and why?

3. Which three secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Do any of the characters seem unnecessary? Which ones? Why or why not?

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