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 Woman say she only intended to do for the Man?

2. How does the Man describe the Woman's appearance in the eighth scene?

3. What is the Man's response when the Woman offers to play the flute for him in Scene 7?

4. What does the Woman ask the Man to do in the last scene, which he refuses?

5. What does the Woman bring the Man in Scene 9, saying that he should not forget it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When the characters of the Man and the Woman first meet, there is an obvious lack of trust. They do not even reveal their true names to each other. Use examples to support your response to the following:

1) What events throughout the play illustrate a lack of trust between the two main characters? What events from their pasts might have caused this distrust?

2) Is there a shift at anytime throughout out the play where the characters learn to trust each other, even just a little bit? What happens to make this trust fade?

3) Does the author represent the mistrust of another human as something normal? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The death of the Woman greatly affects the character of the Man and serves as a climactic event in the play. Respond with supporting examples to the following:

1) In what ways has death been portrayed in "The Sound of a Voice"? What significance do these instances of death have?

2) How is the death of the Woman symbolized? In what ways does her death reflect her life?

3) Is the death of the Woman foreshadowed in the play? Does her death seem inevitable?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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