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Unformatted text preview:did she hope it would accomplish? 2) What did hysteria mean, and why were women diagnosed as hysterical? What sorts of behaviors led to a diagnosis of hysteria? What were the common treatments hysterics received? 3) Imbedded within Gilman's story is her critique of the role and place of women in Western cultures. What does Gilman see as the lot of women in her own society? What is the cost to women of being consigned to that lot? 4) Who is the woman behind the yellow wallpaper, who looks out through its bars at the narrator as she sleeps? Why does she creep about the yard and garden at night? 5) Compare "internal" (female) and "external" (male) spaces in the story. What is Gilman saying about each as places for both women and men to live? 6) What is Gilman's view of motherhood as presented in this work? 7) How does this work reflect the challenges to the Cult of Domesticity put forward by First Wave feminists?