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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 Song promise to Gallimard after her outburst?

2. In the first scene of the play, how old is Gallimard?

3. What does Gallimard believe about God?

4. By whom does Gallimard believe he has been loved?

5. What does Toulon state will not be part of Gallimard's job requirement?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Song consider Gallimard her greatest acting challenge?

3. What is the difference of Toulon living "in China," and Gallimard living "with the Chinese?"

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

5. Why is Gallimard's experiment with Song considered a success when she claims that she has given him her shame?

6. Describe the character of Renee.

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

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

9. Why did Toulon send Gallimard back to France?

10. What are Chin's plans for Song after her time in the commune?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

There is a distinct relationship that is established between Song and Gallimard that relates to the stereotypical relationship between the East ("the Orient") and the West.

1. Gallimard's view of his relationship can be translated as give and take. What is it that Gallimard offers to Song in their relationship? What does she give him in exchange?

2. How does the relationship between Gallimard and his Butterfly reflect the relationship between the East and West?

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