Short Essay Answer Key
1. Why does Sedaris seem to object so strongly to his speech therapy sessions?
He is embarrassed because he is singled out among the other students, and he is forced to acknowledge the ways in which he is different from them.
2. What is significant about the title Go Carolina?
The title contains no "s" sound, which is the sound Sedaris struggled with, and which he believed revealed his "differences" from other students. Wanting to blend in with the crowd, he initially claims to support the state university, and this reveals his lisp. The title is ironic, but also shows he no longer needs to blend in so badly.
3. How does the speech therapist continue to bring Sedaris' lisp to his attention?
She records his voice and makes him listen to it, and stresses her own 's' sounds at all times.
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