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. In Chapter 7, what do the men learn the women in Herland do not have?

2. How do women prevent pregnancy in Herland?

3. What is suggested to have disappeared due to the lack of men?

4. What does Terry say is the only thing the women can think of in relation to men?

5. In Chapter 7, what appears to be the crowning achievement of Herland?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Once population limits were put in place in Herland, what did the women focus on, and what was the result?

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

4. 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?

5. What bores Terry about Herland in Chapter 9?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the motif of acceptance. Who accepts whom and why? Why is this acceptance required? Who struggles with accepting another person or group?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the importance of motherhood in Herland. Why has motherhood become so significant in this society? In what ways does life in Herland evolve around the birthing and rearing of children?

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