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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 state will not be part of Gallimard's job requirement?

2. Who is Gallimard used to seeing play the lead in Madame Butterfly?

3. How large is Gallimard's cell?

4. What is the famous duet that Pinkerton and Sharpless sing together?

5. In what year does Scene 12 take place?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do Gallimard and his wife agree in regards to their opinion of the Chinese people?

3. Why does Helga want Gallimard to visit the doctor? How do their wants differ in Act 2, Scene 5?

4. What seems to be other people's opinion of Gallimard? Does he reflect that same opinion?

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

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

7. 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?

8. How has Helga's opinion on China changed when she and Gallimard return to France?

9. Describe the character of Manuel Toulon.

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Gallimard serves as the narrator throughout the play. The fantasies and flashbacks are his. Write a characterization of Gallimard and how he fits in with the structure of the play.

1. What was Gallimard's life like growing up? How did his days as a youth help to create the man he is now?

2. Describe Gallimard's relationship with women. Is Gallimard an attractive man? How does his physical appearance reflect his place in society? How does he talk to women? What is his sex drive like?

3. Descibe Gallimard's relationship with his wife. Why did he marry her? What is his opinion of love? How does that affect his interactions with other characters and his actions in the play?

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