The Sound of a Voice Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the Man want the Woman to do for him one day in Scene 5?

2. When the Man looks through the screen at night in Scene 6, what does he see?

3. What does the Man discover happened to him after he stops meditating?

4. What does the Woman urge the Man to do at the end of the fifth scene?

5. What is different about the flower in the sixth scene?

Essay 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

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 3

The fear that the Man and the Woman have has great impact on the way the two characters respond to each other. Answer the following with supporting examples from the play:

1) Why does the Man fear the Woman? What qualities about the Woman intensify his fear?

2) Does the Woman fear the Man as much as the Man fears the Woman? Why?

3) What do both the Woman and the Man fear? Does this concern bring them closer together, farther apart, or both? How?

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