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

2. What country is the play's setting?

3. What name does the Woman say is too common?

4. What does the Man do when he hears the noise that disturbs him?

5. What does the Woman say happens when she takes care of her flowers?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the Man say he can do so much on this particular day in Scene 3?

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

4. What does the Woman accuse the Man of believing, and what does she tell the Man to do?

5. What has changed about the Man's reaction at night in Scene 4 from the previous scene of him at night?

6. What disturbs the Man as he is getting ready to go to sleep in the first scene, and how does he react?

7. What does the Woman say she wanted to do for both herself and the Man in the final scene?

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

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

10. What does the Man say happened to his friend?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The literary technique of foreshadowing is used heavily throughout "The Sound of a Voice." Use examples to support your response to the following:

1) What examples of foreshadowing does the author use that are fulfilled by the end of the play?

2) How does the use of foreshadowing create a feeling of impending tragedy in the play?

3) What is the Woman's warning to the Man in the final scene about his fate? What does this imply for the Man's future after the end of the play?

Essay Topic 2

The play can be interpreted to be a story of the relationship in general between men and a women. Write a response to the following, and support your answer with examples from the play:

1) What traits from the play support the theory that this story is an allegory about the relationship between men and women?

2) How is the Woman represented to reflect what men feel about women? How is the Man represented to reflect what women feel about men?

3) What message is the author is trying to portray about the difficulties in establishing a relationship? What is the author saying about how the differences between men and women should be treated to have a successful relationship?

Essay Topic 3

"The Sound of a Voice" has a very simple presentation, from they play's appearance on stage to the way the dialogue is written. Support your essay with examples from the play and respond to the following:

1) How is the simplicity of the play reflected in the physical appearance of the set?

2) How is the dialogue of the play a reflection of simplicity?

3) How does the limit of two characters in the play add to the effect of a simple presentation and understanding of the plot?

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