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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 is the name of the snowman that the special education class decorates each year at Christmas at Melody's school?

2. What disability does Maria have?

3. Who is Melody's fifth grade teacher?

4. What language has Melody attained a grasp of by watching television?

5. Who is Melody's favorite superhero?

Short Essay Questions

1. How would you describe Melody's perceptions of herself in the beginning of the novel?

2. How does Melody's household change after her mother gives birth to Penny?

3. How does Melody describe her mother's pregnancy in Chapter 9?

4. What kind of dog is Butterscotch? How does Melody describe Butterscotch?

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

6. What are Melody's thoughts about Mrs. Billups? What grade does Mrs. Billups teach?

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

8. Who is Dr. Hugely? What are Melody's impressions of this character?

9. How does Melody communicate when at school in Chapter 5? Does she find this method of communication to be satisfactory?

10. How does Melody describe her communication with her father in Chapter 10?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the narrative style of Out of My Mind. From whose perspective is the story related? Why do you think the author chose to employ this narrative perspective? How would the novel change if told from a different point of view?

Essay Topic 2

What does the Whiz Kids tournament represent in the narrative? Where does the first regional tournament take place? How does Spaulding Street Elementary's team fare? What place does Spaulding Street attain at the national championships?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the themes of family, friendship, and support in the novel. Who are the characters the support Melody the most? How do they support her? What does family mean to Melody?

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