Herland Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 do the women of Herland have to do to honor their Mother Goddess?

2. How does Jeff regard the girl who is assigned to court him?

3. What word does Ellador ask Vandyke to define in Chapter 10?

4. What does Ellador tell Vandyke her religion lacks?

5. Which type of person is Herland said to lack entirely?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What are the men asked to do by the elder women in Chapter 8? What do the young women ask the men?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the introduction of the novel "Herland". Why might it be important and beneficial for the reader to learn about the author's background? What does the author of the introduction share with the readers in regards to Gilman and her life?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the novel's conclusion. What happens at the end of the novel? Is the ending surprising? What happens to the central characters? Are there any unanswered questions?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the motif of freedom in the novel "Herland." Which characters desire their freedom? Why have they been captured? How do they try to get away?

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