Yolonda's Genius Test | Final 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. How does Yolanda's mother dress when they go out to dinner?

2. How does Shirley respond?

3. What does Aunt Tiny say about Yolanda's piano playing?

4. What does Yolanda do in dressing for the concert?

5. What sort of questions does Yolanda ask at the park?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Momma want Yolanda to study in college and what are Yolanda's ambitions?

2. Who admires Yolanda standing up to Romulus, and what is Yolanda's response to his admiration?

3. What "epiphany" does Yolanda have when she is at the park?

4. Why does Yolanda not say goodbye to anyone when her family is leaving to go visit Aunt Tiny?

5. What does Momma say in reply to Yolanda saying Andrew is a genius and needs a special school?

6. Why is Yolanda unable to listen as the concert opens?

7. Why does Yolanda volunteer to reserve her family's seats for the concert that evening?

8. What happens when Yolanda notices three men eying her momma?

9. What disturbs Yolanda about how Aunt Tiny fixes Yolanda's mother's hair?

10. Why doesn't there seem to be any way back stage?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Carol Fenner.

2. What in Carol Fenner's background may have helped her in writing "Yolonda's Genius"? What may have influenced the way she depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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