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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. On what does Melinda's father blame her behavioral changes?
2. What does Melinda almost do after opening her Christmas presents?
3. What is Melinda's reward for the thing she does for a whole week?
4. What does Heather discuss with Melinda in "Third Marking Period"?
5. To where does Melinda catch the bus in "Third Marking Period"?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the book Mr. Freeman gives Melinda help her?
2. What is the result of the meeting with Melinda, her parents, the guidance counselor and the principal?
3. Why is Melinda worried about Rachel in "Fourth Marking Period", and what does she try to do to alleviate the worry?
4. How does Melinda's pleasure at making posters turn into a nightmare?
5. What has Melinda been doing more frequently in "Third Marking Period", and where does she end up one day?
6. How does Melinda's focused work on an extra credit project backfire?
7. What is Melinda's response to Heather's talk in "Third Marking Period"?
8. Describe the incident in art class when Mr. Freeman's honesty hurts Melinda.
9. How does it seem the girls in the International Club are reacting to Andy?
10. How did Melinda happen to go to a party where there are alcohol and older students in the past?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Speak was made into a film, which is directed by Jessica Sharzer and stars Kristen Stewart as Melinda. Discuss the following:
1. Do you think you would enjoy watching a film based upon Speak? Why or why not?
2. Do you think the subject matter would be more difficult or easier to portray in film versus in the book? Explain your reasoning.
3. Would you allow your high school-aged son or daughter (imagining you have one) to view the film? Explain your answer.
4. How do you think the movie differs from the book? Explain. (If you've seen the movie, discuss the differences and how you reacted to them).
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
Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:
1. Compare/contrast the characters of Melinda from the beginning of the book to who she is at the end of the book. How are they similar? How are they different? Which character do you like more? Be specific and give examples.
2. Compare/contrast the characters of Andy Evans and David Petrkis. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?
3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in Speak help drive the plot and what their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.
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