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 reason does the Woman give for how she gets her flowers?

2. When the Woman is preparing something to eat for the Man, what does the Man do?

3. What does the Woman say frightens her?

4. How is the Man dressed in Scene 3?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the Woman and the Man doing at the beginning of Scene 1, and what are they talking about?

2. What is the setting of Scene 1?

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

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

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

6. What is changing in the relationship between the Man and the Woman in the fourth scene?

7. What does the Woman tell the Man she creates?

8. How does the Man describe his home differently than that of the Woman's home?

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

10. What happens at the beginning of Scene 4?

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 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 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?

(see the answer keys)

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