M. Butterfly Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Marc, how was Gallimard a different man in China?

2. What does the banner state that is unveiled at the end of Act 2, Scene 9?

3. What does Toulon find irritating?

4. At what point in the plot does Scene 8 pick up?

5. What does Chin want to make sure that Song remembers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gallimard claims he is pure imagination. Write an essay on what Hwang meant to portray with this plot development. 1. Do you believe Gallimard knew Song was a man? Cite examples from the story that back your argument. 2. What changes when Gallimard finally sees Song naked? How does he treat Song? How does his opinion on Song changed? According to Gallimard, what was the mistake that Song made? 3. How does Song react to Gallimard's attitude toward him? 4. How does the fantasy world different from the reality of Gallimard's situation? Which does he choose? Why? 5. What does Gallimard mean when he is "pure imagination?"

Essay Topic 2

The character of Comrade Chin represents the Communist politics of China. She enforces the law and the needs of her country, which causes many of the plot elements in M. Butterfly. 1. How does Comrade Chin represent the politics of the time period? How does she represent the changing values of the country? 2. How does Chin differ from the fantasy that Song puts forth regarding the ideal woman? What does she think of Song's role in her society? What does she think of Song's tactics? How does she react to Song's opinion on women? 3. Why does Chin have Song beaten? How do Chin's actions affect the plot?

Essay Topic 3

Renee is the young and beautiful student that Gallimard carries on an "extra extramarital affair" with. She differs greatly from every other female character in the play. Write an essay on the relationship Gallimard has with Renee and her importance within the structure of his story. 1. How is Renee characterized during her first meeting with Gallimard? How comfortable is she with her personality and her sexuality? 2. What is Gallimard's reason for carrying on this affair? How does he feel about Renee? 3. Why do you believe Hwang chose for this character to have the same first name as Gallimard?

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