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. What does the Woman say frightens her?

2. What does the Woman convince the Man to do at the conclusion of the second scene?

3. What country is the play's setting?

4. How is the Man dressed in Scene 3?

5. What is the first thing the Woman does for the Man?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does the Man ask the Woman how she can sleep at night, and what is her response?

4. What is the Man doing at the beginning of the second scene, and what is the Woman's reaction?

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

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

7. What is the Man's last act in the play?

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

9. What does the Man say about the Woman's flowers in the second scene?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The literary technique of foreshadowing is used heavily throughout "The Sound of a Voice." Use examples to support your response to the following:

1) What examples of foreshadowing does the author use that are fulfilled by the end of the play?

2) How does the use of foreshadowing create a feeling of impending tragedy in the play?

3) What is the Woman's warning to the Man in the final scene about his fate? What does this imply for the Man's future after the end of the play?

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

The Woman uses the song of her flute to provide hope for herself in a world of loneliness. At the end of the play, the Man picks up the Woman's flute and attempts to recreate the hope he saw created by the Woman. Answer the following questions with supporting examples from the play:

1) What does the flute represent to the Woman?

2) What does the flute first represent to the Man? Does his view of the music and flute change over time? If so, what causes this change?

3) What is the author implying at the end of the play when the Man takes up the flute and attempts to play it? Is all hope lost for the Man's fate? Is this the Woman's parting gift to the Man? Why or why not?

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