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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 fear in front of her Aunt Tiny?
2. What does Shirley have with her when she visits Yolanda?
3. What does Yolanda lie about to the two women she is talking with at the park?
4. What does Yolanda do for the first time in months?
5. What does Yolanda tell Shirley?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens that gives Yolanda an idea about how to get back stage?
2. How does Yolanda feel after Shirley leaves and what does she say to her aunt Tiny about Shirley?
3. Why does Yolanda send Shirley away in a cruel manner?
4. What does Yolanda do when she sees two female security guards?
5. Why is Yolanda unable to listen as the concert opens?
6. How does Yolanda explain all her questions to the security guards?
7. 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?
8. What happens when Yolanda notices three men eying her momma?
9. What idea does Momma bring up while they are traveling that disturbs Yolanda?
10. Why doesn't there seem to be any way back stage?
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
Discuss the following:
1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?
2. Analyze and discuss "Yolonda's Genius" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1, and judge if it is a successful novel.
3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "Yolonda's Genius" a successful novel? What about teens?
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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