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 is the Man disturbed by in Scene 1?

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

3. What does the Woman touch at the end of Scene 3?

4. What is the Man doing in the beginning of Scene 3?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the Woman afraid that the Man does not like her anymore in the seventh scene?

2. What does the Man explain to the Woman about what his friend told him about meditating?

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

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

5. What is the Woman doing for the Man, and what does he say in the beginning of Scene 8?

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's last act in the play?

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

9. How does the Scene 8 conclude?

10. What does the Woman's taking of the Man's sword symbolize in the play?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Woman's vase and flowers have great meaning and influence on the plot of the play. She is very protective of her flowers and vase, and they serve to be the only source of decoration in the set. With support from examples of the play, answer the following:

1) What do the flowers and the vase symbolize in the play?

2) Why does the Man take a flower from the vase in the first scene? What happens to the stolen flower, and what does that mean in the eyes of the Man?

3) Why does the Woman take such good care of her flowers? How do others, such as the villagers and the Man, perceive this dedication?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

"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?

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