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 Man get out to look at in Scene 4?

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

3. Where does the Man hide the flower he takes in Scene 1?

4. How is the Man dressed in Scene 3?

5. What does the Woman say happens when she takes care of her flowers?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Man doing at the beginning of the final scene? What does confess, and what does the Woman interpret this to mean?

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

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

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

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

7. What happens at the beginning of Scene 4?

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

9. What is the setting of Scene 1?

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

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 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?

Essay Topic 3

The literary technique of foreshadowing is used heavily throughout "The Sound of a Voice." Use examples to support your response to the following:

1) What examples of foreshadowing does the author use that are fulfilled by the end of the play?

2) How does the use of foreshadowing create a feeling of impending tragedy in the play?

3) What is the Woman's warning to the Man in the final scene about his fate? What does this imply for the Man's future after the end of the play?

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