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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 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

Essay Topic 1

The play can be interpreted to be a story of the relationship in general between men and a women. Write a response to the following, and support your answer with examples from the play:

1) What traits from the play support the theory that this story is an allegory about the relationship between men and women?

2) How is the Woman represented to reflect what men feel about women? How is the Man represented to reflect what women feel about men?

3) What message is the author is trying to portray about the difficulties in establishing a relationship? What is the author saying about how the differences between men and women should be treated to have a successful relationship?

Essay Topic 2

The play has only two characters, the Man and the Woman. Each of these characters represents good and bad things to one another. Using supporting examples, respond to the following:

1) Is there a clearly defined protagonist or antagonist in "The Sound of a Voice"? Why or why not?

2) What substitutes for the protagonist and antagonist in the play?

3) What is the author's purpose in writing the plot without an obviously laid out hero and villain?

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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