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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. What does Yolanda find in her search at the park?
2. Who does Yolanda think would have to be the one to discover Andrew?
3. What inspires Yolanda for solving her dilemma about talking to a performer?
4. Why does Yolanda say Shirley cannot learn to double dutch?
5. What does Yolanda suggest she and Andrew do?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Momma say in reply to Yolanda saying Andrew is a genius and needs a special school?
2. Why does Yolanda volunteer to reserve her family's seats for the concert that evening?
3. What disturbs Yolanda about how Aunt Tiny fixes Yolanda's mother's hair?
4. Why is Yolanda unable to listen as the concert opens?
5. Why doesn't there seem to be any way back stage?
6. How is Andrew responding to the new harmonica and what does Yolanda think will help him?
7. Who admires Yolanda standing up to Romulus, and what is Yolanda's response to his admiration?
8. What does Momma want Yolanda to study in college and what are Yolanda's ambitions?
9. What happens that gives Yolanda an idea about how to get back stage?
10. What idea does Momma bring up while they are traveling that disturbs Yolanda?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Characters are an important part of what makes "Yolonda's Genius" interesting. Discuss the following:
1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Yolanda. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Andrew. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Shirley Piper. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
Essay Topic 3
Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:
1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not? Do you think "Yolonda's Genius" ends on a happy note? Why or why not.
2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "Yolonda's Genius" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why this book is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.
3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?
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