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. Who does Moadine say the men would have to face if they ever hurt any of the women?

2. How does Vandyke describe the Herland religion?

3. What aspect of Herland culture has been simplified for the sake of the children?

4. What is Ellador's job in Herland?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How did Ellador become a forester?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the differences between Herland and the men's society. What are some of the differences? How do the women react to these differences? How do the men react? Why do the men sometimes become embarrassed because of their society?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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