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 happens when Vandyke tells Ellador about infant damnation?

2. What does Vandyke note the children in Herland never do?

3. Who accompanies the men on their tour of the country?

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

5. What are girls in Herland raised to believe?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What reason does Moadine give Terry for the men's ongoing imprisonment?

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

7. In Chapter 7, why has Terry sunk in the esteem of his friends?

8. 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?

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. 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

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 2

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?

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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