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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. How did the women's society become physically closed off from the outside world?

2. What are Vandyck, Terry and Jeff prepared to do if they find there are men in the all-female society?

3. How do the men travel in order to keep their presence secret?

4. Who does Jeff's tutor remind him of?

5. What does Lane say the author considered herself to be?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 9, what difference does Vandyke see in the children of Herland compared to the ones in America?

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

3. What does Jeff warn Vandyke to tell Ellador about in Chapter 12?

4. Why is it necessary for the women of Herland to control their population? How do they do this?

5. In Chapter 9, what do we learn girls in Herland are taught to think about themselves while growing up?

6. In Chapter 8, what does Vandyke discover is the women's view of the men?

7. Why do the Herland women refuse the idea of opening up the cliff to create a passage into their country.

8. Once population limits were put in place in Herland, what did the women focus on, and what was the result?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Herland" is an example of a socialist feminism novel. What does this term mean? What elements of socialist feminism can be found in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss "Herland" as a Utopian novel. What does 'utopia' mean? Is Herland a Utopian society? Why or why not? Which characters believe it is? Which do not? Did Gilman mean to present it as such?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the traditional gender roles of the Victorian era. How are these gender roles portrayed in the male characters of the novel? How do these gender roles of this era lead the men to judge the Herlandians in a different light?

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