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. What does Yolanda fear in front of her Aunt Tiny?

2. When is Aunt Tiny going to visit?

3. How does Shirley respond?

4. How does Yolanda feel about Aunt Tiny's proposal?

5. How does Yolanda's mother dress when they go out to dinner?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Yolanda not say goodbye to anyone when her family is leaving to go visit Aunt Tiny?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadow are in "Yolonda's Genius"? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in this story, including why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "Yolonda's Genius" and your own live to support your opinion.

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