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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 bring the Man in Scene 2?

2. What names does the Woman jokingly call the Man?

3. What reason does the Woman give the Man to stop his chore in Scene 3?

4. What does the Man ask the Woman when she tells him her fears?

5. What reason does the Woman give for how she gets her flowers?

Short Essay Questions

1. What chore does the Man help the Woman with that he becomes excited about, and how does he react when he completes his task?

2. What is the main theme in Scene 1?

3. How does the Man describe his home differently than that of the Woman's home?

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

5. What is the Man's last act in the play?

6. What happens at the end of the fourth scene?

7. In Scene 8, what plans does the Woman try to make, and what is the Man's reaction?

8. What does the the Man say in Scene 9that the Woman has transformed and how does this affect him?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Man's sword in the play is a precious possession that also represents a capacity for destruction. Much conflict in the play revolves around the Man's sword and the struggle for its power. Write an essay answering the following, and supplement your work with examples:

1) What does the sword represent to the Man? What does it represent to the Woman?

2) Who is shown to have more control over the sword? What does this say about that character?

3) The Man came to kill the Woman with his sword, but the Woman takes her own life by hanging herself. What is the author trying to say by having the the Woman take her own life and the Man laying his sword down at the end of the play?

Essay Topic 2

Loneliness is a central theme in "The Sound of a Voice." The Man and the Woman both struggle to break free from being alone throughout the play. Please respond with supporting examples to the following:

1) What lifestyles do the Man and the Woman have that lead them to be lonely?

2) What ways has the Woman learned to cope with being lonely? How do her ways affect the way the Man views her?

3) Do the characters learn to alleviate each other's loneliness successfully? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The "Sound of a Voice" is set in Japan, and much evidence of this location is spread throughout the play. Please answer the following with supporting examples:

1) How does the author inform the audience of the play's location without saying it outright?

2) How are aspects of Japanese culture reflected in the play's presentation and the character's lives?

3) Describe at least three influential occurrences in the plot that reflect important values of Japanese culture.

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