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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 was Gallimard's instinct when he saw Song perform Madame Butterfly?

2. According to Gallimard, why did God create Eve?

3. What is Gallimard thinking when he is having sex with Isabelle?

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

5. What does Gallimard fear when Toulon is talking to him?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Song talk Gallimard out of marriage?

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

3. After seeing Song for the first time on stage, how does Gallimard react to her?

4. What is the nature of Gallimard's experiment with Song? Why does he decide to treat her in this fashion?

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

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

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

8. What are Chin's plans for Song after her time in the commune?

9. How does Gallimard look at his marriage? Who did he marry? What did he marry for?

10. How does Renee's candor about sexuality and the human anatomy differ from Galliamard's?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the theme of parenthood in the play.

1. Why does Helga want to have a baby? Why does she want Gallimard to see a doctor? Why is there conflict over this?

2. Does Gallimard want to be a father? Why or why not?

3. What are Song's motives for "mothering" Gallimard's child? How does introducing a baby change the stakes for Gallimard and Song?

Essay Topic 2

Nearing the end of Act 2, Helga and Gallimard have an altercation involving the changing face of the country. Gallimard seems unable to find happiness in his life in France, and Helga seems lost as well, unable to understand the political upheaval that has followed them from the Eastern world.

1. How was life different for Gallimard and Helga during their time in China? How has France changed in the time they were away? How are the two countries similar?

2. How does Gallimard react to Helga's opinion of their two homes? What does Gallimard want that Helga cannot provide?

3. How does this interaction reflect the larger picture of international changes?

Essay Topic 3

Each woman in Hwang's story has a distinctive role to play and her own interpretation of the feminist point of view.

1. Describe in turn the women of the play (specifically, Song, Helga, Chin, Renee). What is their role in the life of the play?

2. How does each woman express their sexuality in the play? What are their individual strengths? Their weaknesses? How do those qualities affect their relationships with other characters?

3. How do these women's personalities compare to each other? How do their lives as women differ?

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