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 want the Man to do with the sword when she is scared in Scene 8?

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

3. What is the Man doing at the end of the play?

4. What does the Man say the Woman can listen to in Scene 5?

5. What does the Man hear in the sixth scene?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

David Henry Hwang, the author of "The Sound of a Voice," is an Asian American whose heritage directly influences his work. Using examples from the play, answer the following with an essay:

1) How does the author's heritage influence the setting of the play?

2) How does the author's heritage influence the way the play is presented and the overall aesthetic?

3) What does the author reveal about his belief in the importance of cultural tradition through his writing?

Essay Topic 2

The death of the Woman greatly affects the character of the Man and serves as a climactic event in the play. Respond with supporting examples to the following:

1) In what ways has death been portrayed in "The Sound of a Voice"? What significance do these instances of death have?

2) How is the death of the Woman symbolized? In what ways does her death reflect her life?

3) Is the death of the Woman foreshadowed in the play? Does her death seem inevitable?

Essay Topic 3

"The Sound of a Voice" has a very simple presentation, from they play's appearance on stage to the way the dialogue is written. Support your essay with examples from the play and respond to the following:

1) How is the simplicity of the play reflected in the physical appearance of the set?

2) How is the dialogue of the play a reflection of simplicity?

3) How does the limit of two characters in the play add to the effect of a simple presentation and understanding of the plot?

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