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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. In what year does Scene 4 take place?

2. Where does Scene 13 take place?

3. Where did Helga go on the night Gallimard went to the opera house?

4. In Madame Butterfly, what is it that Butterfly fears from the Western man?

5. In what year does Scene 12 take place?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Gallimard want to see Song fully naked?

3. Why does Song speak in Italian at the end of Act 1?

4. During Act 2, Scene 2, Song explains that although China has ruled the world in the past, it would be much more exciting to rule the contemporary world. What does this foreshadow?

5. Why did Song take so much care in her first appearance to Gallimard when he finds him in France?

6. How does the Chinese opera differ from the performance Gallimard saw at the ambassador's house?

7. What is Gallimard's relationship with Marc?

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. How is Gallimard talked out of seeing the doctor?

10. How is the character of Isabelle important?

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

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

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?

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