Yolonda's Genius Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 comment from her mother upsets Yolanda terribly?

2. Where is Yolanda's family going for a visit?

3. Why is Yolanda upset about what Stoney Buxton tells her?

4. What does Yolanda volunteer to do the day of the concert?

5. How does Yolanda try to make up her rudeness to Shirley?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Momma finally notices Andrew's new harmonica?

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

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

4. How does Yolanda feel after Shirley leaves and what does she say to her aunt Tiny about Shirley?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of "Yolonda's Genius" and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of "Yolonda's Genius" and why?

3. Which three secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Do any of the characters seem unnecessary? Which ones? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Over the course of "Yolonda's Genius", Yolanda grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. "Yolonda's Genius" might be considered a slice of Yolanda's larger story of her "coming of age." It might be said that the story is a "bildungsroman" of the narrator. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze Yolanda as she changes from a somewhat rigid, bigoted girl to a wiser, less rigid girl. What are the significant events that change her?

3. After thoroughly analyzing the narrator's growth throughout "Yolonda's Genius", do you think the novel could be considered Yolanda's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in "Yolonda's Genius" who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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