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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. Why does the principal call Melinda's parents?
2. Where does Melinda begin working at Christmas break?
3. What causes Melinda to faint in biology class?
4. What does the artist she studies inspire Melinda to draw?
5. What does Melinda do at her father's office?
Short Essay Questions
1. What book does the class begin to study in English, and what is Melinda's response to it?
2. What do Melinda's parents decide about her Christmas vacation, so what does Melinda do?
3. How does Melinda's pleasure at making posters turn into a nightmare?
4. Describe the ride with Mr. Freeman to Melinda's mother's workplace.
5. How did Melinda happen to go to a party where there are alcohol and older students in the past?
6. What has Melinda been doing more frequently in "Third Marking Period", and where does she end up one day?
7. What ruins Melinda's leisurely walk to school?
8. Why is Melinda worried about Rachel in "Fourth Marking Period", and what does she try to do to alleviate the worry?
9. Who invites Melinda to his home in "Third Marking Period", and what is her response?
10. Describe the traumatic event that took place for Melinda at the party the summer before.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Melinda is a ninth grader (about age 13) throughout the novel. Discuss the following:
1. What are some ways that Melinda seems like an average 13 year old? Give examples and why you say the activities are average teen activities.
2. What are some ways that Melinda seems older than her age of 13? Give specific examples and discuss whether they seem consistent with the character of Melinda as she is developed throughout the book.
3. Is it realistic to think a 13 year old can handle the trauma of rape alone? Where do you think Melinda could have turned to for help?
Essay Topic 2
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?
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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