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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's mother ask about Yolanda and her school?
2. Where is Yolanda's family going for a visit?
3. Why do Aunt Tiny and Yolanda's momma look confused?
4. What does Yolanda lie about to the two women she is talking with at the park?
5. When is Aunt Tiny going to visit?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Yolanda unable to listen as the concert opens?
2. Who admires Yolanda standing up to Romulus, and what is Yolanda's response to his admiration?
3. What happens when Yolanda notices three men eying her momma?
4. Why does Yolanda volunteer to reserve her family's seats for the concert that evening?
5. What happens when Yolanda and Andrew visit Stellers music store?
6. How is Andrew responding to the new harmonica and what does Yolanda think will help him?
7. What does Aunt Tiny do for a living, and how does that help Yolanda's family?
8. Why doesn't there seem to be any way back stage?
9. Why does Yolanda send Shirley away in a cruel manner?
10. What does Yolanda do when she sees two female security guards?
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
Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:
1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Carol Fenner.
2. What in Carol Fenner's background may have helped her in writing "Yolonda's Genius"? What may have influenced the way she depicts various characters and scenes?
3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss one of the following:
1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "Yolonda's Genius".
2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "Yolonda's Genius". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?
3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of "Yolonda's Genius". How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?
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