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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old is Gallimard at the point Scene 13 occurs?



2. What didn't Gallimard like about Song's second letter?



3. What does Gallimard ask Song?



4. What does Song say is undervalued in the West?



5. Who is the American consul character in Madame Butterfly?



Short Essay Questions

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



2. Why did Toulon send Gallimard back to France?



3. What is Gallimard's relationship with Marc?



4. What does Gallimard believe when Song says "...sometimes it is also mutual" and why does it surprise him?



5. How does Toulon's view of the Americans and their actions reflect France's opinion of their place in this historic time period?



6. Describe the character of Renee.



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



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



9. Why does Gallimard want Song to say she is his Butterfly?



10. How has the relationship between Marc and Gallimard changed during the course of the play?



Essay Topics

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?

Gallimard's sexuality plays a major role in the plot of the play.

1. What seems to be Gallimard's sexual relationship with his wife? How does it differ from what he shares with Song? How is it different from his sexual encounters with Renee? How about Isabelle?

2. What is the importance of the men's magazine model who strips for Gallimard in his fantasy?

3. Marc is conjured up to encourage Gallimard's lustful nature. Although their characters are different, how are their wants similar? Why does Gallimard feel the need to imagine these interactions with his old school friend?

Song creates an involved web of lies to trap Gallimard. Song portrays little regard for the lives of others.

1. What are Song's major characteristics? How do those characteristics develop and change as the plot goes on?

2. What are some of the tactics Song uses to get what she wants? How do her needs change?

3. What are Song's motives behind her entrapment of Gallimard? Personal? Political? Do her ethics ever conflict with her goals?

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