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

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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 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

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 "Sound of a Voice" is set in Japan, and much evidence of this location is spread throughout the play. Please answer the following with supporting examples:

1) How does the author inform the audience of the play's location without saying it outright?

2) How are aspects of Japanese culture reflected in the play's presentation and the character's lives?

3) Describe at least three influential occurrences in the plot that reflect important values of Japanese culture.

Essay Topic 3

The Woman's vase and flowers have great meaning and influence on the plot of the play. She is very protective of her flowers and vase, and they serve to be the only source of decoration in the set. With support from examples of the play, answer the following:

1) What do the flowers and the vase symbolize in the play?

2) Why does the Man take a flower from the vase in the first scene? What happens to the stolen flower, and what does that mean in the eyes of the Man?

3) Why does the Woman take such good care of her flowers? How do others, such as the villagers and the Man, perceive this dedication?

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