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 does Mr. Freeman bring Melinda after he comments on her work in "Fourth Marking Period"?

2. What causes Melinda to feel uncomfortable in "Third Marking Period"?

3. What happens when Melinda faints?

4. What did the summer party have that Melinda's mother does not know about?

5. What does Melinda think about her parents' life if she were not in the picture?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the extra credit project end Melinda up at the principal's office?

2. How does Melinda's pleasure at making posters turn into a nightmare?

3. How does it seem the girls in the International Club are reacting to Andy?

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

5. Describe the ride with Mr. Freeman to Melinda's mother's workplace.

6. What do Melinda's parents decide about her Christmas vacation, so what does Melinda do?

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

8. What has Melinda been doing more frequently in "Third Marking Period", and where does she end up one day?

9. Describe the incident in art class when Mr. Freeman's honesty hurts Melinda.

10. Why is Melinda worried about Rachel in "Fourth Marking Period", and what does she try to do to alleviate the worry?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Speak based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Speak is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for young teens versus adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider Speak a successful novel? What about young teens?

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