1. In this sequence, describe how Hitchcock uses sound design to put you into the subjective "mind of Alice"? Be specific.
It is interesting how often times you do not actually see the person talking. You hear them nearby or she walks into a room and hears them speak. You also have her react when she hears things, like when she is holding the knife and gets jarred.
2. Describe the different ways that the sound design of this scene operates in counterpoint to the visual track. For example, how does Hitchcock set up the shot where the knife flies out of Alice's hand so that it registers a shock in his audience? Pay attention to both what is happening visually and aurally. Be specific.
He treats the film like a silent film in execution but allows little bits for dialogue and spoken word so that it can be used. You see her being staged in movement and body language as someone in a silent film, but then you hear sound. It is a bit of a shock sometimes when you actually hear spoken parts. This is because Hitchcock has done a great job of moving back and forth between the mediums.
3. Why do you think this particular use of subjective sound is not used frequently in cinema?
I think it was a necessity in the transition from silent film to talkies and would not be really needed for other films. In films today it would slow things down.