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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. Where does Scene 8 take place?

2. What does Song hate about her audience?

3. What is the setting of Scene 12?

4. What it the setting of Scene 6?

5. How does Gallimard describe his meetings with Song after her weekly performances?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Gallimard believe God is a man?

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

4. What did Song mean when she said the fascination Caucasian men have for Oriental women is always "imperialist?"

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Who is the Butterfly in M. Butterfly? Write an essay backing your argument.

1. At the beginning of the play, who does Gallimard cast as Butterfly? What is his reasoning for doing so?

2. Who does Gallimard claim is the Butterfly at the conclusion of the story? Describe how and why the situation has changed during the progression of the story.

3. Describe Hwang's use of symbolism during Gallimard donning of the Butterfly costume at the play's conclusion.

4. Do you feel Hwang's choices were strong? How would you choose to end the play?

Essay Topic 3

Gallimard claims he is pure imagination. Write an essay on what Hwang meant to portray with this plot development.

1. Do you believe Gallimard knew Song was a man? Cite examples from the story that back your argument.

2. What changes when Gallimard finally sees Song naked? How does he treat Song? How does his opinion on Song changed? According to Gallimard, what was the mistake that Song made?

3. How does Song react to Gallimard's attitude toward him?

4. How does the fantasy world different from the reality of Gallimard's situation? Which does he choose? Why?

5. What does Gallimard mean when he is "pure imagination?"

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