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. In Herland, what is one of the marks of coming of age for a woman?

2. In Chapter 7, what does Terry insist cannot be passed down genetically?

3. How does Alima feel about Terry after they marry?

4. In Chapter 7, what do the men learn the women in Herland do not have?

5. What is Ellador's job in Herland?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Ellador's beliefs about love-making?

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

3. What displeases the women about marriage in the outside world?

4. Who is chosen to court each of the men, and how does each man treat his assigned partner?

5. What assumptions does Moadine make about wealthy and poor women in America?

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

7. What bores Terry about Herland in Chapter 9?

8. Why don't her Herland people believe in life after death?

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

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

"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 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?

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