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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Song get upset about when she enters the room?
(a) Her servants haven't poured any tea.
(b) Her servants haven't taken his coat.
(c) Her servants are ignoring her.
(d) Gallimard is upset.

2. How old is Gallimard at the point Scene 13 occurs?
(a) Forty.
(b) Sixty.
(c) Twenty-eight.
(d) Thirty-nine.

3. What is the job that Gallimard is promoted to?
(a) Vice-Consul.
(b) President.
(c) Vice-President.
(d) Chairman.

4. According to Gallimard, how does Manuel Toulon think of himself?
(a) As a proud boss.
(b) As God.
(c) As a servant of the people.
(d) As a mother hen.

5. What does Song call Gallimard?
(a) A wimp.
(b) An idiot.
(c) A cad.
(d) A tiger.

Short Answer Questions

1. How large is Gallimard's cell?

2. Who is in the framed picture that Gallimard picks up?

3. In the stage directions, who does David Henry Hwang compare Song to in appearance?

4. What does Butterfly use to kill herself in the opera?

5. In what year does Scene 6 take place?

Short Essay Questions

1. Durig Act 2, Scene 1, Gallimard claims that although men watching a production of Madame Butterfly may resent the character of Pinkerton, very few would pass up the chance to be him. Why does Gallimard think this is possible?

2. What does Gallimard believe when Song says "...sometimes it is also mutual" and why does it surprise him?

3. Why does Toulon approve of Gallimard's infidelity?

4. How does the Chinese opera differ from the performance Gallimard saw at the ambassador's house?

5. How does Song's opinion of Madame Butterfly differ from Gallimard's?

6. How does Gallimard's character change at the end of Scene 10?

7. How does the character of Comrade Chin view Song's actions for the government?

8. How does Chin's point of view of Song's service to the Revolution differ from Song's?

9. How does the nature of Gallimard and Song's relationship develop through Act 1?

10. Why did Toulon decide to keep Gallimard on board with the intelligence division?

(see the answer keys)

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