The Sound of a Voice Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does the Woman thank the Man for doing in the third scene?

2. What does the Woman bring the Man in Scene 2?

3. In the first scene, after the Woman clears the dishes, what does she take with her out of the room?

4. What does the Man do when he hears the noise that disturbs him?

5. What does the Man notice the Woman is staring at in Scene 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Man react when he is awakened at night in Scene 6?

2. What happens after the Man and Woman bid each other goodnight on the first night they meet?

3. What does the Woman persuade the Man to do at the end of the second scene?

4. What is the Man doing at the beginning of the final scene? What does confess, and what does the Woman interpret this to mean?

5. How does the Man answer when the Woman asks him what his name is, and what name does the Woman give him?

6. What are the Woman and the Man doing at the beginning of Scene 1, and what are they talking about?

7. What is the Man doing at the beginning of the second scene, and what is the Woman's reaction?

8. What does the Woman say about her name?

9. What does the Woman tell the Man she creates?

10. What happens at the beginning of Scene 4?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The play has only two characters, the Man and the Woman. Each of these characters represents good and bad things to one another. Using supporting examples, respond to the following:

1) Is there a clearly defined protagonist or antagonist in "The Sound of a Voice"? Why or why not?

2) What substitutes for the protagonist and antagonist in the play?

3) What is the author's purpose in writing the plot without an obviously laid out hero and villain?

Essay Topic 2

The title of the play is also something that the Man and the Woman discuss. The characters long to hear the sound of a voice in their lives. Respond to the following using examples to support your answer:

1) Why do the Man and the Woman long to hear the sound of a voice? Why have they not heard one for a while when they first meet?

2) How has the Woman created the sound of a voice in her life before the Man arrives? Does the Man successfully replace her version? Why or why not?

3) How does the Man attempt to create the sound of a voice once the Woman is gone? Is he successful?

Essay Topic 3

The Woman uses the song of her flute to provide hope for herself in a world of loneliness. At the end of the play, the Man picks up the Woman's flute and attempts to recreate the hope he saw created by the Woman. Answer the following questions with supporting examples from the play:

1) What does the flute represent to the Woman?

2) What does the flute first represent to the Man? Does his view of the music and flute change over time? If so, what causes this change?

3) What is the author implying at the end of the play when the Man takes up the flute and attempts to play it? Is all hope lost for the Man's fate? Is this the Woman's parting gift to the Man? Why or why not?

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