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 the Man to stop his chore in Scene 3?

2. What does the Man say scares him?

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

4. Why does the Man say he can do so much work?

5. What is the Man's response when the Woman asks where he is going in the second scene?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Woman doing for the Man, and what does he say in the beginning of Scene 8?

2. How does the Man answer when the Woman asks him what his name is, and what name does the Woman give him?

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

4. What does the Woman say in the final scene that she wanted to do for the Man, and what did she not want to do?

5. Why is the Woman afraid that the Man does not like her anymore in the seventh scene?

6. What is the Man doing at the beginning of the final scene? What does confess, and what does the Woman interpret this to mean?

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

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

9. What does the Woman's description of how she takes care of her flowers imply about her knowledge of the Man's theft?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The "Sound of a Voice" is set in Japan, and much evidence of this location is spread throughout the play. Please answer the following with supporting examples:

1) How does the author inform the audience of the play's location without saying it outright?

2) How are aspects of Japanese culture reflected in the play's presentation and the character's lives?

3) Describe at least three influential occurrences in the plot that reflect important values of Japanese culture.

Essay Topic 3

The play has only two characters, the Man and the Woman. Each of these characters represents good and bad things to one another. Using supporting examples, respond to the following:

1) Is there a clearly defined protagonist or antagonist in "The Sound of a Voice"? Why or why not?

2) What substitutes for the protagonist and antagonist in the play?

3) What is the author's purpose in writing the plot without an obviously laid out hero and villain?

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