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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Song say she has never done before?
2. What does Gallimard believe about God?
3. What song from Madame Butterfly underscores the scene in which Gallimard is reading Song's letters?
4. What was Gallimard's instinct when he saw Song perform Madame Butterfly?
5. What does Song say is undervalued in the West?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why was Song beaten? What were Chin's choices for further punishment for Song?
2. Define the "Rape Mentality" that Song describes in the courtroom.
3. How does the character of Comrade Chin view Song's actions for the government?
4. What is the nature of Gallimard's experiment with Song? Why does he decide to treat her in this fashion?
5. How does Gallimard feel about having a baby with Song? How does he feel when he sees the baby for the first time?
6. 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?
7. In the story of Madame Butterfly, how is Butterfly treated by Pinkerton?
8. In the end, who does Gallimard cast as the role of Madame Butterfly? Why?
9. What is Song's opinion on how managed to change Gallimard's destiny?
10. After seeing Song for the first time on stage, how does Gallimard react to her?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Hwang wrote M. Butterfly after hearing details on the true account of a French diplomat falling for a cross-dressing Chinese spy. However, the spectrum of ideas presented in this play are Hwang's. Write an essay summing up the larger ideas of this play.
1. What are the political themes of this play? What did Hwang hope to achieve by resenting them dramatically? Was he successful?
2. What are the gender issues associated with this story? How is the perception of the feminine/masculine a major thematic element?
3. Dramatically, what did Hwang attempt to present with this play? What are we as the audience supposed to walk away from this story feeling or wanting?
Essay Topic 2
When Song is on the witness stand, he describes his situation with Gallimard in great detail. One major point he has relates to the masculine/feminine characterization of the West and East and the "Rape mentality" the former has for the latter.
1. How does Song define "Rape mentality?"
2. How does this mindset relate to Song's opinion of international relations? How do those relations compare to Song's opinions of men and women from those countries?
3. How do all of these factors culminate in Song's relationship with Gallimard?
4. Do you agree with Song? Do you believe Gallimard's intentions reflect Songs opinion on their relationship?
Essay Topic 3
Gallimard's sexuality plays a major role in the plot of the play.
1. What seems to be Gallimard's sexual relationship with his wife? How does it differ from what he shares with Song? How is it different from his sexual encounters with Renee? How about Isabelle?
2. What is the importance of the men's magazine model who strips for Gallimard in his fantasy?
3. Marc is conjured up to encourage Gallimard's lustful nature. Although their characters are different, how are their wants similar? Why does Gallimard feel the need to imagine these interactions with his old school friend?
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