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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 Toulon believe about Gallimard?

2. Where does Scene 8 take place?

3. At what time does Song call Gallimard?

4. What it the setting of Scene 6?

5. What is an important fact that Toulon wants Gallimard to know about their jobs at the embassy?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. In the end, who does Gallimard cast as the role of Madame Butterfly? Why?

3. Why was Song beaten? What were Chin's choices for further punishment for Song?

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

5. What does Gallimard mean when he says he has become a celebrity?

6. Describe the character of Manuel Toulon.

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

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

10. Define the "Rape Mentality" that Song describes in the courtroom.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

During Act 1, the opera of Madame Butterfly serves as a structure to the first act.

1. How does each character reflect the part he/she plays? How are they different?

2. What is important about the story of Madame Butterfly in conjunction with the story of the play?

3. How does it foreshadow events in the play?

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

At the conclusion of Act 2, Song asks the audience to take a break while he makes his physical change from woman to man. He fully removes his makeup, wig and kimono to change into his male ensemble. Song's transformation is not limited to the physical. Even though we as an audience knew Song was a man for several scenes, the full reveal has dramatic implications.

1. Describe in detail the transformation Song makes physically, emotionally and characteristically. How does he talk to people differently? How does he treat Gallimard in Act 3 as opposed to Acts 1 and 2?

2. What is the symbolism of taking an intermission to watch song take off his makeup and change?

3. Why do you believe Hwang chose this moment in the play to fully reveal Song as a man? How would the play have changed if we had seen him as a man earlier? What would be the dramatic implications of withholding the knowledge of Song's true sex until this moment?

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