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. What is the last thing that Helga says to Gallimard?

2. What does Toulon ask Gallimard to do for him in France?

3. How has life in the West been for Gallimard?

4. Who do the Vietnamese generals plan on assassinating?

5. What idea of Song's does Gallimard repeat to Toulon?

Essay 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

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?

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