Essay Topics/Writing Assignments
These 20 essay questions can be used as essay questions on a test, or as stand-alone essay topics for a take-home or in-class writing assignment. Students should have a full understanding of the text in order to answer these questions. They ask for a thorough analysis of the text.
1. Speak has sometimes been subjected to censorship because of its subject matter and the intended audience. Discuss the following:
1. Do you think a ninth-grade student in the "real" world is too young to read about rape and its aftermath?
2. Do you think many girls who are Melinda's age are raped?
3. Would reading a book such as Speak help a girl who has been raped? In what ways do you think it would help a victim of rape, especially one who is Melinda's age?
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