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. What does the Man say scares him?

3. What does the Woman bring inside the room in Scene 2?

4. What reason does the Woman give the Man to stop his chore in Scene 3?

5. What is the Man disturbed by in Scene 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does the Man look at at night in the fourth scene, and what does this imply about his feelings?

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

9. What does the Woman say about her dreams, and what does she say she dreamed of?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

David Henry Hwang, the author of "The Sound of a Voice," is an Asian American whose heritage directly influences his work. Using examples from the play, answer the following with an essay:

1) How does the author's heritage influence the setting of the play?

2) How does the author's heritage influence the way the play is presented and the overall aesthetic?

3) What does the author reveal about his belief in the importance of cultural tradition through his writing?

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