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. As the men's tour continues, what does Terry learn to do?

2. Who expresses thankfulness at the end of Chapter 10?

3. What are the two core concepts which Herland's society is based on?

4. In Chapter 7, with what are the men said to be "at last considered sufficiently tamed and trained to be trusted"?

5. Why did some women in Herland choose not to have children?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How did Ellador become a forester?

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

10. In Chapter 11, what does Vandyke say helps minimize his desire for his wife? How does Vandyke eventually come to view his sexual desires?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is Social Darwinism? Did Gilman believe in Social Darwinism? What connections can be found between Social Darwinism and the novel "Herland"?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the gender roles in the men's society and the gender roles in Herland. How are the similar and different?

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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