Speak Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 prompts Mr. Neck to teach a straightforward class?

2. Why does the ecology club protest the new mascot name?

3. How does Melinda get her potatoes and gravy on her blouse?

4. According to Heather, what is a common mistake most nine graders make?

5. What at is the big question Melinda asks herself after she boards the bus?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Melinda continue to fix up her closet at school?

2. What is the results of Melinda's participation in job day and how does Melinda feel about the event?

3. What do Melinda's parents order to do after school and how does Melinda "obey" them?

4. Who are the Marthas and why does Melinda talk about them?

5. Describe Melinda's encounter with Rachel in the bathroom in "First Marking Period".

6. What is Heather's plan for Melinda and herself?

7. What is making it more difficult for Melinda to talk, and what does she wish to do about what is keeping her quiet?

8. How does Melinda refer to her teachers?

9. What is the topic of discussion at dinner after the interim reports come out, and how does Melinda respond?

10. What does Melinda do after school on Columbus Day?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many authors if queried would admit that they have an agenda for writing a particular novel. Discuss the following:

1. Define and give examples of the concept of "author agenda."

2. Do you think Anderson had an agenda in mind when she wrote Speak?

3. What do you think would be Anderson's agenda(s) (if she has one)? Give examples to illustrate how the agenda is fulfilled.

4. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

5. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Speak.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of Speak. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Speak. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast Melinda's experience in ninth grade with your own experience your first year of high school (or middle school). In what ways are the experiences alike? Different?

2. Discuss how you would have handled things were you in Melinda's situation. Do you think she handles her isolation better or worse than (or about the same) as you? Would you have confided in your mom and/or dad? How about another adult? Why or why not?

3. Can schools do more to address such issues as arise in Speak? Why or why not? What could they do? Did your school do a better job at addressing the kind of issues that are illustrated in Speak?

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