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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. In the first scene, after the Woman clears the dishes, what does she take with her out of the room?

2. Who are the two main characters?

3. What does the Woman touch at the end of Scene 3?

4. What does the Woman say she creates?

5. As the Woman rolls out the sleeping mat, what does she ask the Man?

Short Essay Questions

1. What has changed about the Man's reaction at night in Scene 4 from the previous scene of him at night?

2. What happens at the beginning of Scene 4?

3. What does the Woman say about her name?

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

5. Why does the Man send the Woman away in Scene 7?

6. What does the Man tell the Woman about her music in Scene 5?

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

8. What does the Man say when the when the Woman inquires about his decision in Scene 2?

9. What is the final image of the Woman in the play, and how does this visually illustrate her name?

10. What does the Man's hesitation to reveal his destination to the Woman in Scene Two reveal about how he feels about the Woman that has carried over from their first meeting?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The death of the Woman greatly affects the character of the Man and serves as a climactic event in the play. Respond with supporting examples to the following:

1) In what ways has death been portrayed in "The Sound of a Voice"? What significance do these instances of death have?

2) How is the death of the Woman symbolized? In what ways does her death reflect her life?

3) Is the death of the Woman foreshadowed in the play? Does her death seem inevitable?

Essay Topic 2

"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 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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