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 understand the Man's confession to mean?

2. How does the Man describe the Woman's music?

3. What does the Woman ask the Man to do in the last scene, which he refuses?

4. What does the Woman say she will enjoy being as she plays the flute in Scene 7?

5. What does the Woman want the Man to do with the sword when she is scared in Scene 8?

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 Man and the Woman start as strangers, but their relationship evolves into something much different. Respond to the following using examples from the play to support your answer:

1) How does the relationship of the Man and the Woman change from when they first meet to the middle of the play? How does the relationship change from the middle of the play to the end of the story?

2) What influences the change in the relationship between the characters? Do they both long for the same thing? Do they both fear the same thing?

3) How does the relationship between the Man and the Woman affect the Man after the Woman's death?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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