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. Where does Yolanda's family live at the opening of the novel?

2. What does Romulus ask of Andrew?

3. What lie has come back to haunt Yolanda?

4. Where is Yolanda's old crush Tyrone?

5. How does Yolanda feel in her new home?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Andrew go to Asphalt Hill?

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

3. How does Vic use music to make a connection with Andrew?

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

5. How is Andrew when Yolanda finds him, and what is her reaction?

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

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

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

9. What does Yolanda go to the library to research and what does she learn?

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

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

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

There are a number of interesting questions raised by "Yolonda's Genius"--questions that Fenner may wish readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Fenner's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Fenner's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

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