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. Which of the following is NOT said to be lacking in Herland's literature?

2. What is the relationship between Moadine and Terry like?

3. What does Ellador tell Vandyke her religion lacks?

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

5. At the lecture, what kind of girls is Jeff popular with?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Following the lecture in Chapter 8, the girls form informal groups around the men. Describe how the girls react to Terry.

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

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

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

6. Why is Terry banished from Herland at the end of Chapter 11?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Analyze Gilman's use of foreshadowing in "Herland." What are some examples of foreshadowing in the novel and what are these examples hinting at?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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