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 name does the Woman say is too common?

2. What is the Man doing in the beginning of the second scene?

3. What does the Woman tell the Man that he should learn to love?

4. What does the Woman convince the Man to do at the conclusion of the second scene?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Woman say she taught herself to do, and why?

2. What does the Woman say she wanted to do for both herself and the Man in the final scene?

3. What happens at the beginning of Scene 4?

4. What disturbs the Man as he is getting ready to go to sleep in the first scene, and how does he react?

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

6. How does the Scene 8 conclude?

7. What is the Woman staring at that makes the Man joke about, and what is the Woman's response?

8. What does the Man steal and whom does he steal from?

9. What has changed about the Man's reaction at night in Scene 4 from the previous scene of him at night?

10. What does the Man say about the Woman's flute playing and his knowledge of music?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Man and the Woman start as strangers, but their relationship evolves into something much different. Respond to the following using examples from the play to support your answer:

1) How does the relationship of the Man and the Woman change from when they first meet to the middle of the play? How does the relationship change from the middle of the play to the end of the story?

2) What influences the change in the relationship between the characters? Do they both long for the same thing? Do they both fear the same thing?

3) How does the relationship between the Man and the Woman affect the Man after the Woman's death?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The death of the Woman greatly affects the character of the Man and serves as a climactic event in the play. Respond with supporting examples to the following:

1) In what ways has death been portrayed in "The Sound of a Voice"? What significance do these instances of death have?

2) How is the death of the Woman symbolized? In what ways does her death reflect her life?

3) Is the death of the Woman foreshadowed in the play? Does her death seem inevitable?

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