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 get out of his pocket at the end of the sixth scene?

2. What does the Woman first say of her knowledge with a sword?

3. What does the Woman point out on the floor?

4. What reason does the Man give for meditating the way he does?

5. What does the Woman do to stop the Man from meditating?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The play can be interpreted to be a story of the relationship in general between men and a women. Write a response to the following, and support your answer with examples from the play:

1) What traits from the play support the theory that this story is an allegory about the relationship between men and women?

2) How is the Woman represented to reflect what men feel about women? How is the Man represented to reflect what women feel about men?

3) What message is the author is trying to portray about the difficulties in establishing a relationship? What is the author saying about how the differences between men and women should be treated to have a successful relationship?

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