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What are the mascots at Merryweather High School in Speak?   

There are a few mascots mentioned in Speak. The first mascot mentioned is, of course, the Trojan. Since the Trojan War was presumably fought over an adulterous alliance between Paris (a Trojan...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2018 5:55 pm UTC

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What is the symbolism of the tree throughout Speak?

In the novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Melinda is given the task of working with a tree as her object for the year in Mr. Freeman's art class. This is not coincidental, as the tree symbolizes...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2016 6:43 pm UTC

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List figurative language examples from "Marking Period 1" in Speak.

In the First Marking Period, Melinda is entering high school with no friends and no self-esteem. She has a dark secret that no one knows or understands. This secret creates conflict for the entire...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2019 1:18 pm UTC

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What are 10 major events in Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, from the beginning until the end of the book in order?

At first, it seems like this is a straightforward question. As other Educators have already laid out, there appears to be a series of events that have to take place for Speak to make sense. Without...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2020 3:32 pm UTC

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Characterize Melinda’s relationship with her family.

Describing Melinda's relationship with her parents could be summarized in the word "fractured." The relationship between Melinda and her parents is a fragmented one. They seem more concerned...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2012 4:14 pm UTC

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What are some memorable quotes in the book Speak with page numbers? What are some memorable quotes in the book Speak...

The most memorable quotes for me have to do with Melinda's major conflict and its eventual resolution. Many connect directly with the title. The first is the last sentence of this quote: It is...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2010 6:25 pm UTC

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What are some examples of depression in the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson?

In the novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, the narrator, Melinda Sordino, experiences several forms of depression as well as, quite possibly, dissociation. After Melinda experiences an immensely...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2020 5:06 am UTC

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In the book "Speak", what quotes are telling HUMOR, SARCASM, HONESTY, COURAGE, and IRONY? If it is...

Melinda's dry humor is illustrated in this statement, especially in the understated commentary, "roar":"the school board has come out against calling us the Devils. We are now the...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2008 1:37 pm UTC

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From the book Speak: List all three mascots that have been used at Merryweather High and explain why the school felt...

The never-ending mascot fight is one of the many aspects of high school that leave Melinda feeling jaded about the whole high school experience. The mascot is first mentioned on the second page of...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2016 3:00 am UTC

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In Speak, what are Melinda's parent's reactions in meeting with the principal?

Melinda's parents' meeting with the principal and guidance counselor of Merryweather High demonstrates the failings of the school system to help kids in intense situations like Melinda's. Everyone...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2016 11:12 pm UTC

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What does the quote,“When people don't express themselves, they die one piece at a time,”  from Laurie Halse...

Mr. Freeman gives Melinda a ride to the store and begins talking to her about art. When Melinda tells Mr. Freeman that she doesn't know what he means when he says that she needs to put more emotion...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2018 12:57 pm UTC

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What are some theme statements for Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson? Isolation and friendships are prominent subjects...

Theme statements should describe an argument, or the author's stance on a certain topic presented in the novel. A theme statement regarding the topic of communication in Speak might be: "The theme...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2017 3:04 pm UTC

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What animal does Melinda compare herself to when running away?

During the 2nd marking period, in chapter 47, Melinda unexpectedly sees Andy in a donut shop. Melinda thinks to herself, Maybe he won’t notice me if I stand still. That’s how rabbits survive; they...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2019 12:30 am UTC

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In Speak, what do the changing mascots at Merryweather High School reflect?  

Speak is the story of Melinda, a freshman at Merryweather High School, who is carrying around a secret from the summer. She has lost touch with all of her former friends, and only refers to the...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2015 3:20 pm UTC

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In the novel Speak, who gives Melinda a Valentine card on Valentine's Day?

When the protagonist of Speak, Melinda, sees a card on her locker on Valentine's Day, she feels conflicted. At first, she thinks it must be someone playing a trick on her and for a second even...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2016 10:10 pm UTC

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What problem is Mr. Freeman having with the schoolboard?

In Laurie Halse Anderson's novel Speak, the main character, Melinda, has few adults that she likes and can trust in her life. One of the reasons that her art teacher, Mr. Freeman, makes this list...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2016 7:38 pm UTC

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In Speak, how do the places where Melinda goes to avoid being "in school" benefit her (in her view)?

Melinda seeks places that will allow her to be anonymous. She finds the old unused janitor's closet and makes it her hideout. When she first enters it, she recognizes that no one has used it for...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2009 5:04 am UTC

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What is a physical description of the character Melinda in Speak?  I need quotes that are evidence of that physical...

The first physical description of Melinda emphasizes her lips, which are in bad condition because she is continually biting them. As a traumatized adolescent girl who has been sexually assaulted,...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2018 5:00 pm UTC

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What are two examples of hyperboles and what the author was trying to say by using a hyperbole?

A hyperbole is a figure of speech that involves an exaggeration to emphasize a point. Melinda Sordino continually uses hyperboles throughout the novel and is depicted as a relatively sarcastic,...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2018 4:58 pm UTC

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What is an example of an allusion?

In Speak, the character of Melinda uses numerous allusions. This figure uses a reference to a place, past event, cultural trait, or literary work, allowing the reader to make a connection. usually...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2019 9:00 pm UTC

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How does Melinda from Speak relate to Maya Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" poem?

Maya Angelou's novel, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, is often characterized as a work of autobiographical fiction. Angelou's novel is based on Paul Laurence Dunbar's poem Sympathy where he talks...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2015 4:13 pm UTC

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In Speak, name three instances where Melinda begins to find her voice.

At the beginning of her freshman year, Melinda Sordino is ostracized for calling the police to a party the previous summer after she was raped by Andy Evans. Melinda is traumatized by the...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2019 10:37 am UTC

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What is the mood in the novel "Speak" and what are some clues from the text that support it?

The novel has a mood or tone of anxiety and tension, interspersed with fear, resignation and then relief. The complexity of the mood of the novel reflects the difficult challenges Melinda faces in...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2012 4:26 am UTC

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In Speak, what does Melinda name the high school's principal? Why?

Throughout the book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, the reader learns that Melinda gives a lot of characters nicknames. Melinda does not give nicknames to everybody she comes in contact with,...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2015 7:17 pm UTC

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Where does the novel Speak take place?

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson takes place in Syracuse, New York. This is mentioned in the first chapter of the novel when Melinda tells us: The sun doesn't shine much in Syracuse, so the art room...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2019 6:27 pm UTC

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What is a major event that occured in the novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson?

An important event from Speak is when Melinda finally stands up to Andy in the broom closet when he tries to rape her again and she fights back. Melinda finds herself trapped in the closet with...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2013 11:28 pm UTC

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In Speak, what is symbolic about "Hairwoman" and the narrator's description of her?

Melinda, the narrator of the young adult novel Speak, describes her English teacher as follows: My English teacher has no face. She has uncombed stringy hair that droops on her shoulders. The hair...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2016 1:48 am UTC

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What major incident happened to Melinda in Speak?  

Speak begins with a central mystery: what happened to Melinda? She is ostracized from her high school community for calling the police to bust a party over the summer, and she feels like she can't...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2019 8:19 pm UTC

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How does Melinda react to The Scarlet Letter, especially the refrence to Hester's "A?"   What do you think this...

While frustrated by her English teacher's search for symbolism, Melinda makes an almost immediate identification with Hawthorne's work. She recognizes that what Hester endures is similar to her...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2013 12:41 am UTC

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In the book Speak, what causes Melinda to finally speak?

Speak, a young adult novel, was written by Laurie Halse Anderson and published in 1999. It tells the story of Melinda Sordino, a fourteen-year-old high school student who is struggling with life...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2019 10:30 pm UTC

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Identify Melinda’s former “clan”, from Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak, and explain what has happened to it.   

In Anderson's Speak, the main character, Melinda, is just entering high school and is considered an outcast by the entire school because she called the police on a party the previous summer when...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2018 4:46 pm UTC

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How do Mr. Freeman and Ivy react to Melinda's art project created from turkey bones?

In Laurie Halse Anderson's novel Speak, art class is one of the few places Melinda feels comfortable. It is even a place where she can begin to express herself through her art. It shouldn't be...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2016 6:40 pm UTC

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What keeps Melinda silent in Speak? 

Melinda stays silent due to trauma and fear. The summer before entering high school, Melinda was sexually assaulted at a house party. She ends up calling the police which causes her peers to hate...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2020 12:47 pm UTC

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In the novel Speak, how does Melinda change as a student?

I don't think that it can be said that Melinda changes as a student over the course of the novel. When the novel starts, Melinda is on her way to the first day of high school. Her first quarter...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2017 3:25 pm UTC

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Describe Melinda's room in Speak.

In the novel Speak, the main character Melinda Sordino becomes the victim of sexual assault at a party after 8th grade. By the beginning of 9th grade, she finds herself a social outcast and an...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2017 10:39 am UTC

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How does the development of Melinda's art reflect her process of healing and recovering?

Melinda is portrayed as a rape victim who is so badly traumatized that she can barely speak. She also can barely look at her own image, and puts a poster of Maya Angelou--who famously was silent...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2018 12:16 am UTC

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What are the high school clicks that Melinda names?  Which ones are important to Speak?  Why?

The book Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is what we call a bildungsroman. This word translates to a coming-of-age tale, meaning a story that focuses on the main character's emotional, physical, and...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2019 4:12 pm UTC

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How does Melinda compare herself to Alice in Wonderland in the novel Speak?

There is a definite allusion (direct or indirect reference to another piece of literature) to Alice in Wonderland at the very beginning of "Fourth Marking Period" in Speak. Melinda feels pushed out...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2010 3:36 am UTC

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What happens in the 4th marking period of Speak?

The fourth marking period contains much of the rising action, the climax, and the resolution of the novel Speak. The PTA gets upset about the new "Hornet" school mascot (mostly because of the...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2010 3:22 am UTC

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What are three significant settings in Speak and why are they important?

Setting is absolutely an important element in the novel Speak, as the different settings tell readers a lot about Melinda's state of mind. One setting that is particularly revealing is Mr....

Latest answer posted January 30, 2016 1:12 am UTC

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 What do you think of Mr. Neck's opinion about who a "real" American is in Speak, and why is his opinion offensive?

Mr. Neck is Melinda Sordino's social studies teacher in Merryweather High School. He is unprofessional, abuses his authority as a teacher, and bullies students. In chapter 27, Mr. Neck writes the...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2019 12:04 am UTC

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The narrator’s observations are sarcastic and humorous. Do they reflect her true feelings about others? What evidence...

The narrator's sarcastic and humorous observations contribute to the tone of the book. Melinda has just experienced something traumatic, and that experience—paired with her decision not to speak...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2018 1:29 pm UTC

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What characters does Laurie Halse Anderson create that help Melinda find her voice and listen to her in Speak? How do...

In the novel Speak, author Laurie Halse Anderson portrays high school as a complex social environment that includes both nurturing and harmful elements. Melinda finds that some of her old friends...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2020 2:43 am UTC

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In this book Speak, what are some characteristics of Melinda?

Melinda Sordino, the narrator of Laurie Halse Anderson's novel Speak, is a 14-year-old rape survivor who is deeply confused about how to process her trauma and how to protect other women from her...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2019 2:11 am UTC

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What "clans" are represented in Merryweather High School?

In the very beginning of the novel, where Melinda talks about her first day at Merriweather High she lists the clans as she sees them: Jocks, country clubbers, idiot savants, cheerleaders, human...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2010 11:59 pm UTC

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What are some important scenes from Speak about which to write a paragraph?

The opening scene and the scene in which Melinda confronts Andy would be two moments in Speak that can be explored through written analysis. In the book's opening scene, Melinda challenges the...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2016 6:30 pm UTC

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What does Heather tell Melinda when she dissolves their friendship in Speak?

Ah, the friendship that was doomed to fail. Even though Melinda and Heather have very different personalities and goals, they were thrown together (by Heather) at the beginning of the year, due to...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2016 10:22 pm UTC

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Why does Melinda refer to herself as a ''wounded zebra''?

It's Melinda's first day at high school. One thing we already know about her is how incredibly isolated and lonely she is. On her way to school, she was the only one on the bus who sat alone. This...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2017 8:09 am UTC

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How does the symbol of a tree represent Melinda's growth and experiences?  

Perhaps the best way to write this essay on symbolism is to focus on the archetypal aspects of trees and how Laurie Halse Anderson plays on your preconceived ideas about trees' symbolism in...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2015 7:45 pm UTC

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In the second marking period of Speak, why is it getting so difficult for Melinda to talk?

Melinda's mental issues are beginning to affect her physically - we call this psychosomatic. She describes the physical difficulty she has with speaking in this section of the text- My throat is...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2009 12:33 pm UTC

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