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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 does Vandyke note the children in Herland never do?
2. Which of the girls is assigned to court Vandyck?
3. Who expresses thankfulness at the end of Chapter 10?
4. What do the women of Herland have to do to honor their Mother Goddess?
5. What is the title of Chapter 11?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is chosen to court each of the men, and how does each man treat his assigned partner?
2. When Ellador is upset in Chapter 10, what does the wise woman in the temple tell her?
3. Once population limits were put in place in Herland, what did the women focus on, and what was the result?
4. What assumptions does Moadine make about wealthy and poor women in America?
5. What are the two core concepts of Herland's society as described in Chapter 7?
6. In Chapter 11, what does Vandyke say helps minimize his desire for his wife? How does Vandyke eventually come to view his sexual desires?
7. What are the men asked to do by the elder women in Chapter 8? What do the young women ask the men?
8. Why does Somel say that Herland mothers are willing to allow others to raise their children?
9. What reason does Moadine give Terry for the men's ongoing imprisonment?
10. In Chapter 9, what difference does Vandyke see in the children of Herland compared to the ones 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
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
Discuss conflict in "Herland." What are the different types of conflict? What conflicts are found in the novel "Herland"? Are these conflicts resolved? If so, how?
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