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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Yolanda try to make up her rudeness to Shirley?
2. For what does Yolanda blame Shirley?
3. Where does Aunt Tiny work as a hairdresser?
4. What does the store agree to do?
5. How does Yolanda's mother dress when they go out to dinner?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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 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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