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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's response when the Woman asks where he is going in the second scene?

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

3. The Man says he is accustomed to what?

4. What does the Man say scares him?

5. What name does the Woman say the Man can call her?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Woman say in the final scene that she wanted to do for the Man, and what did she not want to do?

2. What does the Woman threaten to do to the Man if he does not listen to her while he is meditating, and what is the Man's response to the threat?

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

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

5. How does the Scene 8 conclude?

6. What is the main theme in Scene 1?

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

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

9. What does the Woman tell the Man to do at the end of the third scene, and what does she do to the man?

10. What happens at the beginning of Scene 4?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

David Henry Hwang, the author of "The Sound of a Voice," is an Asian American whose heritage directly influences his work. Using examples from the play, answer the following with an essay:

1) How does the author's heritage influence the setting of the play?

2) How does the author's heritage influence the way the play is presented and the overall aesthetic?

3) What does the author reveal about his belief in the importance of cultural tradition through his writing?

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