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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 done this April in "Fourth Marking Period"?
2. What keeps Melinda from stopping at a specific store in "Third Marking Period"?
3. Who is Andy Evans?
4. Who is in detention when Melinda attends?
5. What does Mr. Freeman say about Melinda's work in "Fourth Marking Period"?
Short Essay Questions
1. How did Melinda happen to go to a party where there are alcohol and older students in the past?
2. Describe the traumatic event that took place for Melinda at the party the summer before.
3. What does Heather tell Melinda in "Third Marking Period" that upsets Melinda?
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. What book does the class begin to study in English, and what is Melinda's response to it?
7. How does Melinda's focused work on an extra credit project backfire?
8. Who invites Melinda to his home in "Third Marking Period", and what is her response?
9. How does the book Mr. Freeman gives Melinda help her?
10. What does the physical education teacher discover about Melindal and what is the result?
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
The theme of rape is woven throughout Speak and plays a pivotal role in every aspect of the book. Discuss the following:
1. Trace and analyze the theme of rape throughout Speak. How does the rape of Melinda play out in her daily life? How does it change her? Are there any positive aspects of Melinda's experience as a rape victim? What?
2. The title, Speak, succinctly sums up another aspect of the theme of rape. Why do you think Melinda and so many other girls/women are afraid or unwilling to speak up about being raped?
3. What do you think should happen to Andy Evans? Is he evil or mentally ill? Do you think he should go to prison or a place where he can receive mental therapy? What do you think makes a person rape? Could Andy have suffered abuse himself?
Essay Topic 3
Speak could be said to be a "bildungsroman" of Melinda Sordina, the narrator. Discuss the following:
1. Define the concepts "bildungsroman" and "coming of age."
2. Thoroughly trace and analyze Speak as a bildungsroman of Melinda Sordino. Give specific examples. What does Melinda learn? How has she changed? Is the change for the better?
3. Why do you think many novels/stories written for teens are "coming of age" stories? Do you think it is good for teens to read this genre? Why or why not?
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