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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 about the soul of China?

2. What does Song say is different about Gallimard that made him stand out in her audience?

3. In Madame Butterfly, how old is Butterfly?

4. What does Song say is one of a Westerner's favorite fantasies?

5. How old is Gallimard at the point Scene 13 occurs?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Gallimard want Song to say she is his Butterfly?

2. During Act 2, Scene 2, Song explains that although China has ruled the world in the past, it would be much more exciting to rule the contemporary world. What does this foreshadow?

3. How is the character of Isabelle important?

4. Why does Gallimard believe God is a man?

5. In the opera, how does the character of Butterfly look on Pinkerton?

6. Why does Song say that Peepee will never live in the West?

7. What is the premise for Gallimard's favorite musical, Madame Butterfly?

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

9. Why did Song take so much care in her first appearance to Gallimard when he finds him in France?

10. What seems to be other people's opinion of Gallimard? Does he reflect that same opinion?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is a distinct relationship that is established between Song and Gallimard that relates to the stereotypical relationship between the East ("the Orient") and the West.

1. Gallimard's view of his relationship can be translated as give and take. What is it that Gallimard offers to Song in their relationship? What does she give him in exchange?

2. How does the relationship between Gallimard and his Butterfly reflect the relationship between the East and West?

Essay Topic 2

Much of the characters' are driven by the culture they came from. There is a distinct role that the social backdrop plays in the storyline.

1. Describe the nature of the cultures that surrounds Hwang's story. Most noticeably, the Chinese and French influences. Is there any other cultures that have a personality within the plot? What are some of the characteristics we associate with each culture and how does Hwang play on them?

2. Which characters fit into their cultural stereotype? How has their culture played a part in building their personality? How does it play a part in their motives?

Essay Topic 3

Gallimard serves as the narrator throughout the play. The fantasies and flashbacks are his. Write a characterization of Gallimard and how he fits in with the structure of the play.

1. What was Gallimard's life like growing up? How did his days as a youth help to create the man he is now?

2. Describe Gallimard's relationship with women. Is Gallimard an attractive man? How does his physical appearance reflect his place in society? How does he talk to women? What is his sex drive like?

3. Descibe Gallimard's relationship with his wife. Why did he marry her? What is his opinion of love? How does that affect his interactions with other characters and his actions in the play?

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