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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. Who is the author of "The Sound of a Voice"?

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

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does the Woman say about her name?

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

8. What does the Man's hesitation to reveal his destination to the Woman in Scene Two reveal about how he feels about the Woman that has carried over from their first meeting?

9. Why does the Man send the Woman away in Scene 7?

10. What does the Woman threaten to do to the Man if he does not listen to her while he is meditating, and what is the Man's response to the threat?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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?

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 plot of "The Sound of a Voice" illustrates the lives of the Man and the Woman over a short span of time. Answer the following questions with supporting examples:

1) How does the organization of the play influence the plot of the story?

2) How does the short period together affect the way the characters are portrayed to interact with each other?

3) Why did the author choose to focus on such a short span of time? How does this affect the presentation of the play as a theatrical performance?

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