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. Where is the concert being held?

2. What does Yolanda find in her search at the park?

3. What does the store agree to do?

4. What does Stoney Buxton call out to Yolanda?

5. What is Yolanda's strongest trait to help her pull off her scheme?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why is Yolanda unable to listen as the concert opens?

8. How is Andrew responding to the new harmonica and what does Yolanda think will help him?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Yolonda's Genius is? Explain your response.

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