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. How does Scene 1 conclude?

2. The Woman says she will sleep well because of what reason?

3. What does the Woman bring inside the room in Scene 2?

4. In Scene 1, the Woman reveals that she does not have many what?

5. What is the Man doing in the beginning of Scene 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens at the beginning of Scene 4?

2. What does the Man do after the Woman leaves in the eighth scene, and how does the Woman react after she returns?

3. What does the Woman persuade the Man to do at the end of the second scene?

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

5. What does the Woman say about her flowers in Scene 2?

6. How does the Scene 8 conclude?

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

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

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

10. What does the Woman warn the Man about, and what does this mean?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The title of the play is also something that the Man and the Woman discuss. The characters long to hear the sound of a voice in their lives. Respond to the following using examples to support your answer:

1) Why do the Man and the Woman long to hear the sound of a voice? Why have they not heard one for a while when they first meet?

2) How has the Woman created the sound of a voice in her life before the Man arrives? Does the Man successfully replace her version? Why or why not?

3) How does the Man attempt to create the sound of a voice once the Woman is gone? Is he successful?

Essay Topic 2

The Man and the Woman start as strangers, but their relationship evolves into something much different. Respond to the following using examples from the play to support your answer:

1) How does the relationship of the Man and the Woman change from when they first meet to the middle of the play? How does the relationship change from the middle of the play to the end of the story?

2) What influences the change in the relationship between the characters? Do they both long for the same thing? Do they both fear the same thing?

3) How does the relationship between the Man and the Woman affect the Man after the Woman's death?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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