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. The Woman says she will sleep well because of what reason?

2. What name does the Woman say is too common?

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

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

5. Who are the two main characters?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the Man doing at the beginning of the third scene, and what is his appearance?

5. What does the Man do after the Woman leaves in the eighth scene, and how does the Woman react after she returns?

6. What does the Man say when the when the Woman inquires about his decision in Scene 2?

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

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

9. What does the Man say happened to his friend?

10. What happens at the beginning of Scene 4?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the play, the Woman is represented as an artful soul who has a solitary but poetic life. Please use examples, and write an essay to answer the following questions:

1) How do outsiders perceive the Woman? What makes them think that she is like the way she is?

2) How does the Man's perception of the Woman change over time? Does he truly change his opinion of her by the end of the play?

3) Does the author imply that men view women as beautiful yet mysterious beings? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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