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. Of what is Yolanda's mother not convinced concerning Andrew?

2. What does Yolanda's mother ask about several days after their visit to the music store?

3. What is Yolanda's strongest trait to help her pull off her scheme?

4. What does Yolanda do as the crowd gets rowdy?

5. What cause Yolanda to become furious?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Yolanda do when she sees the bullies in Asphalt Hill?

2. What happens when Yolanda and Andrew visit Stellers music store?

3. 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?

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

5. Describe the exchange between Yolanda and Shirley in school concerning the jump rope.

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

7. Describe Yolanda's family's first night with Aunt Tiny.

8. What happens that gives Yolanda an idea about how to get back stage?

9. How is Andrew responding to the new harmonica and what does Yolanda think will help him?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Understanding the setting, both the place and time, helps the reader to enjoy a novel. Discuss the following:

1. Research Chicago and Grand River, Michigan in the early 21st century, and write an informative essay about the social and geographical aspects.

2. Research the way drug pushers lure children to use drugs and write an informative essay about the situation and offer one or more solutions.

3. Compare/contrast the life of Yolanda in Chicago, IL and then Grand River, MI to your life when you were eleven.

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

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Yolonda's Genius is? Explain your response.

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