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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 are the elder women protecting the men from by keeping them imprisoned?

2. What sense does Vandyke say the men lacked in their marriages?

3. Where did the men want to live with their wives?

4. What occupations did the men take on?

5. What was the butterfly Ellador caught a danger to?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Chapter 11, what does Vandyke say helps minimize his desire for his wife? How does Vandyke eventually come to view his sexual desires?

3. How did Ellador become a forester?

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

5. Why does the Herland religion lack horrifying ideas? What does Ellador think about the tendency for other religions to hold onto old ideas?

6. Why did Herland come to rely on food-bearing trees for its food supply?

7. What are the two core concepts of Herland's society as described in Chapter 7?

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

9. What is the men's view of a wife's role in marriage? After their marriages, how do their wives fail to meet the men's expectations?

10. Why does Somel say that Herland mothers are willing to allow others to raise their children?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the character Terry. What are his defining character traits? What does he think of Herland? How does he fare while there? Why is he banished?

Essay Topic 2

Analyse and interpret the character Jeff. What are Jeff's defining character traits? What is Gilman trying to convey in regards to the reversal of gender roles with the character Jeff? What does Jeff think of Herland?

Essay Topic 3

"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?

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