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 is Rachelle reclaiming?

2. What does Melinda have to maintain in her English and Social Studies classes?

3. What does Mr. Freeman say about Melinda's unique art piece in "Second Marking Period"?

4. What does Melinda name the high school's principal?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Melinda find a safe space for herself at school and what is the space like?

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

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

4. After her parents are upset about her grades, what does Melinda do the next day?

5. Who introduces herself to Melinda in "First Marking Period", and why is she friendly when no one else is?

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

7. Why does Melinda decorate the faculty lounge with Heather and what do the Marthas say about Melinda?

8. Why doesn't Melinda go trick or treating, and what does she do on Halloween?

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

10. What is Melinda's state of mind on the first day of high school, and how do the students on the bus treat her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Any work of fiction has some similarities, yet the structure can engender differences. Discuss the following:

1. Discuss the structure of Speak and how it informs the plot.

2. Why do you think Anderson chooses to structure Speak the way she does? Give examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Many readers love novels and are indifferent to short stories, and vice versa. Discuss why you think some readers would enjoy one format over another.

4. Choose a short, one-act play and compare it to Speak as far as how structure affects the reading experience.

Essay Topic 2

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?

4. Do you think reading Speak could be harmful emotionally to students in high school and/or middle school?

Essay Topic 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think Speak is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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