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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. The Man reveals he is from where?
2. What reason does the Woman give for how she gets her flowers?
3. The Man says he is accustomed to what?
4. The Woman says she will sleep well because of what reason?
5. What is the Man doing in the beginning of Scene 3?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the Woman warn the Man about, and what does this mean?
2. How does the Man feel about the Woman's taking away his sword?
3. What are the Woman and the Man doing at the beginning of Scene 1, and what are they talking about?
4. What does the Man say when the when the Woman inquires about his decision in Scene 2?
5. What is the Woman doing for the Man, and what does he say in the beginning of Scene 8?
6. What does the Man explain to the Woman about what his friend told him about meditating?
7. What is the symbolism of the flute at the end of the play?
8. How does the Man react when he is awakened at night in Scene 6?
9. What happens at the end of the fourth scene?
10. What is the Man doing at the beginning of the third scene, and what is his appearance?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
The title of the play is also something that the Man and the Woman discuss. The characters long to hear the sound of a voice in their lives. Respond to the following using examples to support your answer:
1) Why do the Man and the Woman long to hear the sound of a voice? Why have they not heard one for a while when they first meet?
2) How has the Woman created the sound of a voice in her life before the Man arrives? Does the Man successfully replace her version? Why or why not?
3) How does the Man attempt to create the sound of a voice once the Woman is gone? Is he successful?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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