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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. Why does the Woman say the Man should not make jokes?

2. Who are the two main characters?

3. What reason does the Woman give the Man to stop his chore in Scene 3?

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

5. What does the Man notice the Woman is staring at in Scene 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens after the Man and Woman bid each other goodnight on the first night they meet?

2. What is the Man doing at the beginning of the final scene? What does confess, and what does the Woman interpret this to mean?

3. What does the Man steal and whom does he steal from?

4. What is the play's message about relationships between men and women?

5. What is the Woman doing for the Man, and what does he say in the beginning of Scene 8?

6. What does the the Man say in Scene 9that the Woman has transformed and how does this affect him?

7. Why is the Woman afraid that the Man does not like her anymore in the seventh scene?

8. What does the Woman tell the Man to do at the end of the third scene, and what does she do to the man?

9. How has the Man's attitude toward the Woman changed in Scene 8 compared to the previous scenes, and why?

10. What does the Woman's taking of the Man's sword symbolize in the play?

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 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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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