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

2. What is the Woman wearing in the sixth scene?

3. What does the Woman understand the Man's confession to mean?

4. What condition is the Woman in at the end of the play?

5. What does the Woman tell the Man he will fall into unless he is careful?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The title of the play is also something that the Man and the Woman discuss. The characters long to hear the sound of a voice in their lives. Respond to the following using examples to support your answer:

1) Why do the Man and the Woman long to hear the sound of a voice? Why have they not heard one for a while when they first meet?

2) How has the Woman created the sound of a voice in her life before the Man arrives? Does the Man successfully replace her version? Why or why not?

3) How does the Man attempt to create the sound of a voice once the Woman is gone? Is he successful?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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