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. When the Man looks through the screen at night in Scene 6, what does he see?

2. At the beginning of Scene 8, what is the Woman doing?

3. What does the Woman say she normally cannot bear?

4. What is the Man doing when the Woman asks him to join her in the eighth scene?

5. At the beginning of Scene 8, the Woman tries to make plans with the Man to do what?

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

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 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?

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