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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 do the women punish Terry at the end of Chapter 11?
2. Why are food-bearing trees considered better than field crops?
3. What does Ellador create a chart about?
4. What is exceptionally rare in Herland?
5. By Chapter 10, what are the men actively hiding from the women?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are the two core concepts of Herland's society as described in Chapter 7?
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. Why don't her Herland people believe in life after death?
4. 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?
5. What displeases the women about marriage in the outside world?
6. In Chapter 9, what difference does Vandyke see in the children of Herland compared to the ones in America?
7. Why is Terry banished from Herland at the end of Chapter 11?
8. What reason does Moadine give Terry for the men's ongoing imprisonment?
9. Why does the Herland religion lack horrifying ideas? What does Ellador think about the tendency for other religions to hold onto old ideas?
10. What assumptions does Moadine make about wealthy and poor women in America?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss and analyze the protagonist of the novel, Vandyck. What are his defining characteristics? What is his occupation? Why does his occupation and overall perspective make him a reliable narrator in this situation?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the importance of motherhood in Herland. Why has motherhood become so significant in this society? In what ways does life in Herland evolve around the birthing and rearing of children?
Essay Topic 3
What is Social Darwinism? Did Gilman believe in Social Darwinism? What connections can be found between Social Darwinism and the novel "Herland"?
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