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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 convince the Man to do at the conclusion of the second scene?

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

3. What name does the Woman say is too common?

4. What does the Man say about the flowers in the vase?

5. How does Scene 1 conclude?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the Man reveal to the Woman about his true purpose in visiting her?

3. What happens at the end of the fourth scene?

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

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

6. How does the Man react when he is awakened at night in Scene 6?

7. What happens at the beginning of Scene 4?

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

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

10. Why does the Man say he can do so much on this particular day in Scene 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

The use of symbolism throughout "The Sound of a Voice" has significant impact on the understanding of the plot. Using supporting examples, answer the following questions:

1) What objects provide significant symbolism throughout the play? What do these things represent?

2) What are some less significant sources of symbolism that enrich the play and the audience's understanding of the events?

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