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

2. What does the Man tell the Woman to do about her music in Scene 5?

3. What is the Woman doing in Scene 6?

4. Why does the Woman say the Man would not like her music?

5. After the Man compliments the Woman on her flute playing, how often does the Woman say she will play her music?

Essay 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 Woman's vase and flowers have great meaning and influence on the plot of the play. She is very protective of her flowers and vase, and they serve to be the only source of decoration in the set. With support from examples of the play, answer the following:

1) What do the flowers and the vase symbolize in the play?

2) Why does the Man take a flower from the vase in the first scene? What happens to the stolen flower, and what does that mean in the eyes of the Man?

3) Why does the Woman take such good care of her flowers? How do others, such as the villagers and the Man, perceive this dedication?

Essay Topic 3

The true identities of the Man and the Woman are never revealed though they are given names to substitute for their identity. Write an essay answering the following using supporting examples:

1) What are the names that the Man is given? Are these names reflective of the true identity of the Man as revealed by his personality?

2) What is the name the Woman gives herself, and what does it mean? How does the final scene illustrate the Woman's name?

3) The characters withhold their true identity from each other. Why? What effect does this have on their relationship?

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