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 bring the Man in Scene 2?

2. Who is the author of "The Sound of a Voice"?

3. What is the Man disturbed by in Scene 1?

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

5. Why does the Man say he can do so much work?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the Man ask the Woman how she can sleep at night, and what is her response?

2. How has the Man's attitude toward the Woman changed in Scene 8 compared to the previous scenes, and why?

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

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

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

6. How does the Man feel about the Woman's taking away his sword?

7. Why does the Man send the Woman away in Scene 7?

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

9. What does the Man reveal to the Woman about his true purpose in visiting her?

10. What is the significance of what the Man takes out of his pocket in the sixth scene?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When the characters of the Man and the Woman first meet, there is an obvious lack of trust. They do not even reveal their true names to each other. Use examples to support your response to the following:

1) What events throughout the play illustrate a lack of trust between the two main characters? What events from their pasts might have caused this distrust?

2) Is there a shift at anytime throughout out the play where the characters learn to trust each other, even just a little bit? What happens to make this trust fade?

3) Does the author represent the mistrust of another human as something normal? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

"The Sound of a Voice" has a very simple presentation, from they play's appearance on stage to the way the dialogue is written. Support your essay with examples from the play and respond to the following:

1) How is the simplicity of the play reflected in the physical appearance of the set?

2) How is the dialogue of the play a reflection of simplicity?

3) How does the limit of two characters in the play add to the effect of a simple presentation and understanding of the plot?

Essay Topic 3

The play can be interpreted to be a story of the relationship in general between men and a women. Write a response to the following, and support your answer with examples from the play:

1) What traits from the play support the theory that this story is an allegory about the relationship between men and women?

2) How is the Woman represented to reflect what men feel about women? How is the Man represented to reflect what women feel about men?

3) What message is the author is trying to portray about the difficulties in establishing a relationship? What is the author saying about how the differences between men and women should be treated to have a successful relationship?

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