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 Shirley respond to Yolanda's attempt to make up?

2. What does Yolanda manage to do?

3. What does Stoney Buxton call out to Yolanda?

4. What cause Yolanda to become furious?

5. What does Yolanda lie about to the two women she is talking with at the park?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What idea does Momma bring up while they are traveling that disturbs Yolanda?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Aunt Tiny do for a living, and how does that help Yolanda's family?

9. How does Yolanda explain all her questions to the security guards?

10. Why does Yolanda send Shirley away in a cruel manner?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Yolonda's Genius", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement.) Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "Yolonda's Genius". (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot.) Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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

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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