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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. Why does Terry lament not catching the girl in the tree?

2. What food do the men pick from a tree?

3. Through careful breeding, the women have created a race of cats that does not what?

4. As far as Terry is concerned, what are the only women worth knowing?

5. What impresses Jeff upon waking in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What punishment do the men receive for their escape attempt?

2. What do the tutors tell the men when they are returned to their prison?

3. What does the fragment of cloth that is found in the water indicate to the explorers?

4. Why did Gilman believe it was important for women to take a role in society?

5. Why do Vandyck and his friends believe there must be men in the society? Where do they suppose the men might live?

6. What is Social Darwinism?

7. After the anesthesia wears off, where do the men awake in Chapter 3?

8. What do the men note about the town in Chapter 2?

9. What was the theme of Gilman's work, "The Yellow Wallpaper"?

10. What does Somel explain about animals in her country?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and interpret Gilman's use of symbolism in "Herland." What are some symbols in the novel and what do these symbols mean?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss conflict in "Herland." What are the different types of conflict? What conflicts are found in the novel "Herland"? Are these conflicts resolved? If so, how?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the gender roles in the men's society and the gender roles in Herland. How are the similar and different?

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