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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 is the Man doing in the beginning of the second scene?

2. What is the Man doing in the beginning of Scene 3?

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

4. What name does the Woman say the Man can call her?

5. What does the Woman thank the Man for doing in the third scene?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Woman say about her name?

2. What does the Woman tell the Man to do at the end of the third scene, and what does she do to the man?

3. What is the symbolism of the flute at the end of the play?

4. What happens at the beginning of Scene 4?

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

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 say in the final scene that she wanted to do for the Man, and what did she not want to do?

8. What does the Man reveal to the Woman about his true purpose in visiting her?

9. What chore does the Man help the Woman with that he becomes excited about, and how does he react when he completes his task?

10. What are the Woman and the Man doing at the beginning of Scene 1, and what are they talking about?

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 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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