Speak Study Guide Questions 1) Describe Melinda’s first day of school. (2-3 events)** • No one would sit with her on the bus • She got hit with mashed potatoes & gravy in the middle of the lunch room • She received 2 demerits by lunch time Melinda was dreading her first day of high school. She knew no one would talk to her and even her best friend told her she hated her. It was a horrible first day and Melinda feels like an outcast and alone. 1) Describe Melinda’s first day of school. (2-3 events)** Melinda’s first day of school was horrible. No one would talk to her and even her best friend told her that she hates her. Mr. Neck, her social studies teacher, already has his eye on her. After earning her 2nd demerit during lunch, Melinda is dreading high school. Page 10 • Mr. Freeman turns off the wheel and grabs a piece of chalk without washing his hands. “SOUL” he writes on the board. The clay streaks the word (SOUL) like dried blood.” • Simile: clay streaks like dried blood • Imagery: the word soul dripping in blood (you bleed when you are hurt) • Symbolism: Melinda is sharing with us that her soul is hurt=she is hurting emotionally Page 15-Symbolism • White Couch • 2 personalities represent • “The couch has two the two personalities of personalities: Melinda 1) “Melinda inhaling 1) Melinda’s real side pepperoni and “messy” = her internal mushroom” struggle 2) “No one ever eats in the 2) Melinda’s side she family room, no ma’am” shows everyone/the side everyone wants to see “pretty side” “everything looks the way he wants to see it” Heathering pages 22-24 • Foil Characters: 2 characters with opposite traits that are placed next to each other in a story. Used to emphasize the character’s traits. • Heather: talkative, peppy, motivated, wants to be popular & her parents are involved • Melinda: doesn’t talk, withdrawn, wants to be alone, and her parents are more concerned with work. Page 30 • Cheerleaders: • Symbolism: • Judges them: • “They all have beautiful lips, – Pride of the “Trojans” carefully outlined in red and – Throw wild parties polished to shine.” – Get group-rate abortions • Describes them: – So cute – “Girls that have it all” • Their lips represent them-they – Never stutter or screw up have it together and they are • Why do you think Melinda is making fun perfect. of the cheerleaders? Why does she want to form a clan of Anti-Cheerleaders? • Melinda’s lips are scabby, bleeding, and chapped. Her lips represent her-a mess.
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