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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 tried to do for both the Man and herself?
2. What chore is the Woman doing at the beginning of the fifth scene?
3. What does the Man say his friend told him to do if he sees something better than this world while meditating?
4. What is the Woman doing in Scene 6?
5. Why does the Woman say the Man would not like her music?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The play has only two characters, the Man and the Woman. Each of these characters represents good and bad things to one another. Using supporting examples, respond to the following:
1) Is there a clearly defined protagonist or antagonist in "The Sound of a Voice"? Why or why not?
2) What substitutes for the protagonist and antagonist in the play?
3) What is the author's purpose in writing the plot without an obviously laid out hero and villain?
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 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?
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