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 doing in the beginning of Scene 3?

2. What does the Woman bring the Man in Scene 2?

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

4. What does the Woman say she creates?

5. What does the Man hear in Scene 4 that wakes him up?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Man's last act in the play?

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

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

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

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

6. What does the Man say about the Woman's flowers in the second scene?

7. What is the setting of Scene 1?

8. What is the symbolism of the flute at the end of the play?

9. What does the Woman's description of how she takes care of her flowers imply about her knowledge of the Man's theft?

10. How does the Scene 8 conclude?

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 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

The Man's sword in the play is a precious possession that also represents a capacity for destruction. Much conflict in the play revolves around the Man's sword and the struggle for its power. Write an essay answering the following, and supplement your work with examples:

1) What does the sword represent to the Man? What does it represent to the Woman?

2) Who is shown to have more control over the sword? What does this say about that character?

3) The Man came to kill the Woman with his sword, but the Woman takes her own life by hanging herself. What is the author trying to say by having the the Woman take her own life and the Man laying his sword down at the end of the play?

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