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. For what does Yolanda blame Shirley?

2. What does the store agree to do?

3. What does Andrew play for the store owner?

4. What is Yolanda doing when Shirley comes to visit?

5. What does Yolanda say about Andrew's tendency in a large crowd?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In most fiction, readers would like all the loose ends to be neatly "tied up." Discuss the following:

1. Do you think "Yolonda's Genius" is successful as a learning tool? Why or why not.

2. What about this book would motivate you to read another of Carol Fenner's western novels? What would discourage you from doing so?

3. Were all the "loose ends" satisfactorily settled for you? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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