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. In Scene 1, the Woman reveals that she does not have many what?

2. Who are the two main characters?

3. What is/are the only prop/props seen onstage at the start of the play?

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

5. The Woman says she will sleep well because of what reason?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Man feel about the Woman's taking away his sword?

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

3. 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?

4. In Scene 8, what plans does the Woman try to make, and what is the Man's reaction?

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

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

7. What happens at the beginning of Scene 4?

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

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

10. What is the Woman staring at that makes the Man joke about, and what is the Woman's response?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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