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. What does the Woman bring inside the room in Scene 2?

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

3. What does the Woman bring the Man in Scene 2?

4. What does the Man ask the Woman when she tells him her fears?

5. How is the Man dressed in Scene 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Woman persuade the Man to do at the end of the second scene?

2. How does the Man react when he is awakened at night in Scene 6?

3. 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?

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

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

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

8. How does the Scene 8 conclude?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Man's sword in the play is a precious possession that also represents a capacity for destruction. Much conflict in the play revolves around the Man's sword and the struggle for its power. Write an essay answering the following, and supplement your work with examples:

1) What does the sword represent to the Man? What does it represent to the Woman?

2) Who is shown to have more control over the sword? What does this say about that character?

3) The Man came to kill the Woman with his sword, but the Woman takes her own life by hanging herself. What is the author trying to say by having the the Woman take her own life and the Man laying his sword down at the end of the play?

Essay Topic 2

The play can be defined as a tragedy. The death of the Woman and the loneliness and suffering of the characters dramatically shape the plot of the play. Answer the following with supporting examples:

1) How does the author create a feeling of misfortune and doom throughout the play?

2) How does the fate of the characters create a tragic ending?

3) In your opinion, was the fate of the Man and the Woman inevitable? Does this make the ending more or less tragic?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the play, the Woman is represented as an artful soul who has a solitary but poetic life. Please use examples, and write an essay to answer the following questions:

1) How do outsiders perceive the Woman? What makes them think that she is like the way she is?

2) How does the Man's perception of the Woman change over time? Does he truly change his opinion of her by the end of the play?

3) Does the author imply that men view women as beautiful yet mysterious beings? Why or why not?

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