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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 song from Madame Butterfly underscores the scene in which Gallimard is reading Song's letters?

2. What does Toulon believe about Gallimard?

3. What did Helga want to know about Song's performance Gallimard had seen that night?

4. What it the setting of Scene 6?

5. In the first scene of the play, how old is Gallimard?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Song say she wants to do by the end of her encounter with Chin in Act 2, Scene 9? Is this her own choice?

3. Is it ever clear if Gallimard knew Song was a man?

4. What is Gallimard's relationship with Marc?

5. How does Marc's marriage and his treatment of women and that of Gallimard's differ?

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

7. What is Song's opinion on how managed to change Gallimard's destiny?

8. Why does Song speak in Italian at the end of Act 1?

9. Why does Song consider Gallimard her greatest acting challenge?

10. Why does Song need Chin to acquire a baby for her? What kind of baby does it need to be?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the play, Gallimard serves as the narrator, and although he is the guide through the play and the vessel of the story, his own conjured characters break the fourth wall to relate certain ideas or wants of their own that differ from Gallimard's. Occasionally, they break the fourth wall to speak directly to the audience. 1. Describe Hwang's structure of the play: the point of view of the story, and order of the vignettes and the "play-within-a-play" quality of Gallimard's imagination. 2. Cite examples of Hwang "breaking the fourth wall" and theorize why Hwang chose to do so. 3. How does this familiarity with the characters change the relationship to the audience. How does it differ from a script played in the third person? 4. How does the first person narrative change our relationship with Gallimard and his emotions?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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