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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 was the butterfly Ellador caught a danger to?
2. Why are food-bearing trees considered better than field crops?
3. What does Vandyke explain the men and the women have different ideas about in Chapter 11?
4. In Herland, what is one of the marks of coming of age for a woman?
5. By Chapter 10, what are the men actively hiding from the women?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is it necessary for the women of Herland to control their population? How do they do this?
2. In Chapter 9, what difference does Vandyke see in the children of Herland compared to the ones in America?
3. Following the lecture in Chapter 8, the girls form informal groups around the men. Describe how the girls react to Terry.
4. Who is chosen to court each of the men, and how does each man treat his assigned partner?
5. What are the men asked to do by the elder women in Chapter 8? What do the young women ask the men?
6. What bores Terry about Herland in Chapter 9?
7. Why is Terry banished from Herland at the end of Chapter 11?
8. When Ellador is upset in Chapter 10, what does the wise woman in the temple tell her?
9. What displeases the women about marriage in the outside world?
10. What are the two core concepts of Herland's society as described in Chapter 7?
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
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 3
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?
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