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 say he is a fool about?

2. What does the Man do when he is excited about his accomplishment in Scene 5?

3. What does the Man discover happened to him after he stops meditating?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the play, the Woman is represented as an artful soul who has a solitary but poetic life. Please use examples, and write an essay to answer the following questions:

1) How do outsiders perceive the Woman? What makes them think that she is like the way she is?

2) How does the Man's perception of the Woman change over time? Does he truly change his opinion of her by the end of the play?

3) Does the author imply that men view women as beautiful yet mysterious beings? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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