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The Sound of a Voice Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What names does the Woman jokingly call the Man?



2. What is/are the only prop/props seen onstage at the start of the play?



3. What does the Woman say frightens her?



4. Who are the two main characters?



5. As the Woman rolls out the sleeping mat, what does she ask the Man?



Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Woman say about her dreams, and what does she say she dreamed of?



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



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



5. How does the Man answer when the Woman asks him what his name is, and what name does the Woman give him?



6. What is the setting of Scene 1?



7. What is the final image of the Woman in the play, and how does this visually illustrate her name?



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



9. What does the Woman accuse the Man of believing, and what does she tell the Man to do?



10. What is the main theme in Scene 1?



Essay Topics

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?

The plot of "The Sound of a Voice" illustrates the lives of the Man and the Woman over a short span of time. Answer the following questions with supporting examples:

1) How does the organization of the play influence the plot of the story?

2) How does the short period together affect the way the characters are portrayed to interact with each other?

3) Why did the author choose to focus on such a short span of time? How does this affect the presentation of the play as a theatrical performance?

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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