Out of My Mind Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How does Melody describe the importance and meaning of "words" in Chapter 1?

Melody states, "I'm surrounded by thousands of words. Maybe millions." But at the same time, Melody cannot communicate because she cannot speak. Therefore, words fill her mind but have no way to get out. Melody loves words and language and has a greater appreciation for them, perhaps, because of her inability to use them.

2. How does Melody describe her disability and its impacts on her everyday life in Chapter 2?

Melody cannot walk, talk, feed herself, or take herself to the bathroom, all things that bother her. However, she can work a television remote and move her wheelchair. Melody was diagnosed with spastic bilateral quadriplegia, or cerebral palsy, which affects her ability to move and speak. Her mind, however, is perfectly normal if not advanced.

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