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 Yolanda enjoy the first concert?

2. What does Yolanda suggest she and Andrew do?

3. What does the store agree to do?

4. What does Aunt Tiny want to do for Yolanda?

5. Why does Yolanda steer Andrew away from his aunt and momma?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What does Yolanda do when she sees two female security guards?

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

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

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

6. What does Yolanda do when she sees the bullies in Asphalt Hill?

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

8. What happens when Yolanda notices three men eying her momma?

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

10. What does Momma want Yolanda to study in college and what are Yolanda's ambitions?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "Yolonda's Genius". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of human genius in "Yolonda's Genius". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why? What do you think Yolanda would label as genius?

3. Trace and analyze the themes of bullying and prejudice in "Yolonda's Genius". Who are bullies? Who stands up to bullies? Who does not? Why do those who bully do so? Who is prejudice? What type of prejudice? What do you think is the result of Yolanda's prejudice? Who is able to change from being a bully? From prejudice?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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