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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 Sound of a Voice" has a very simple presentation, from they play's appearance on stage to the way the dialogue is written. Support your essay with examples from the play and respond to the following:

1) How is the simplicity of the play reflected in the physical appearance of the set?

2) How is the dialogue of the play a reflection of simplicity?

3) How does the limit of two characters in the play add to the effect of a simple presentation and understanding of the plot?

Essay Topic 2

The true identities of the Man and the Woman are never revealed though they are given names to substitute for their identity. Write an essay answering the following using supporting examples:

1) What are the names that the Man is given? Are these names reflective of the true identity of the Man as revealed by his personality?

2) What is the name the Woman gives herself, and what does it mean? How does the final scene illustrate the Woman's name?

3) The characters withhold their true identity from each other. Why? What effect does this have on their relationship?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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