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 urge the Man to do at the end of the fifth scene?

2. What is the appearance of the Woman at the end of the play?

3. What does the Man say he last heard about his friend's condition?

4. What is the Man carrying at the beginning of Scene 9?

5. How does the Man describe the Woman's music?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Man and the Woman start as strangers, but their relationship evolves into something much different. Respond to the following using examples from the play to support your answer: 1) How does the relationship of the Man and the Woman change from when they first meet to the middle of the play? How does the relationship change from the middle of the play to the end of the story? 2) What influences the change in the relationship between the characters? Do they both long for the same thing? Do they both fear the same thing? 3) How does the relationship between the Man and the Woman affect the Man after the Woman's death?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Loneliness is a central theme in "The Sound of a Voice." The Man and the Woman both struggle to break free from being alone throughout the play. Please respond with supporting examples to the following: 1) What lifestyles do the Man and the Woman have that lead them to be lonely? 2) What ways has the Woman learned to cope with being lonely? How do her ways affect the way the Man views her? 3) Do the characters learn to alleviate each other's loneliness successfully? Why or why not?

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