Short Essay Questions Key
1. What is the setting of Scene 1?
There is a sparsely furnished room set in Japan. There is a vase of flowers for decoration, and a man and a woman are the only characters onstage.
2. What are the Woman and the Man doing at the beginning of Scene 1, and what are they talking about?
The Woman is pouring tea for the Man and bringing him food, welcoming him into her home. The Woman says she does not have many visitors and is glad to hear the sound of a voice. Her life is very lonely.
3. How does the Man describe his home differently than that of the Woman's home?
The Man says he is from the city and is scared of silence because he is used to a lot of sound. The Woman lives in the country and hears little noise. Her home is very silent.
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