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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 Gallimard ask Song?
2. What is the job that Gallimard is promoted to?
3. What is different about the night that occurs in Scene 10?
4. What song from Madame Butterfly underscores the scene in which Gallimard is reading Song's letters?
5. What didn't Gallimard like about Song's second letter?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. In the story of Madame Butterfly, how is Butterfly treated by Pinkerton?
3. How does Renee's candor about sexuality and the human anatomy differ from Galliamard's?
4. Why did Toulon send Gallimard back to France?
5. What does Gallimard believe when Song says "...sometimes it is also mutual" and why does it surprise him?
6. How does the character of Comrade Chin view Song's actions for the government?
7. Why is Gallimard's experiment with Song considered a success when she claims that she has given him her shame?
8. How does Toulon's view of the Americans and their actions reflect France's opinion of their place in this historic time period?
9. Why was Song beaten? What were Chin's choices for further punishment for Song?
10. Why did Toulon decide to keep Gallimard on board with the intelligence division?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The character of Comrade Chin represents the Communist politics of China. She enforces the law and the needs of her country, which causes many of the plot elements in M. Butterfly.
1. How does Comrade Chin represent the politics of the time period? How does she represent the changing values of the country?
2. How does Chin differ from the fantasy that Song puts forth regarding the ideal woman? What does she think of Song's role in her society? What does she think of Song's tactics? How does she react to Song's opinion on women?
3. Why does Chin have Song beaten? How do Chin's actions affect the plot?
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
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?
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