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. At the beginning of Scene 8, the Woman tries to make plans with the Man to do what?

2. What is the Woman wearing in the sixth scene?

3. What does the Woman understand the Man's confession to mean?

4. What does the Man say his friend told him to do if he sees something better than this world while meditating?

5. What does the Man confess to the Woman in Scene 9?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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