Speak Test | Final 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 has Melinda started in art class at the end of "Second Marking Period"?

2. Why does Melinda think Mr. Freeman is driving too fast?

3. What does Melinda's mother tell her in a note in "Second Marking Period"?

4. What does Melinda remember about the summer party?

5. What does Melinda try after giving up on the linoleum block carving?

Short Essay Questions

1. What touches Melinda emotionally on Christmas Day and what happens?

2. How does Melinda hurt herself in biology class?

3. What does Heather tell Melinda in "Third Marking Period" that upsets Melinda?

4. How did Melinda happen to go to a party where there are alcohol and older students in the past?

5. What is Melinda's response to Heather's talk in "Third Marking Period"?

6. Who invites Melinda to his home in "Third Marking Period", and what is her response?

7. How does Melinda's focused work on an extra credit project backfire?

8. What ruins Melinda's leisurely walk to school?

9. What book does the class begin to study in English, and what is Melinda's response to it?

10. What does Melinda notice about IT in April?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels end on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of Speak and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why Speak is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation whereby Melinda chooses to make an abandoned closet her safe space because she herself has been abandoned by her friends. What other examples of irony can you find in Speak? Do you think irony enhances the book? Why or why not?

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from Speak. What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?

3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in Speak and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why or why not? Some possible devices: Allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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