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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was Edwin Abbott's occupation?
(a) Writer
(b) Mathematician
(c) Headmaster
(d) Plumber

2. What shape are the middle class members?
(a) Straight lines
(b) Isosceles triangles
(c) Equilateral triangles
(d) Squares

3. Because of their education, what method of recognition is considered a serious offense?
(a) Sight
(b) Feeling
(c) Smell
(d) Hearing

4. What does the editor note that A. Square wishes the readers of Flatland would understand?
(a) Not all aspects of Flatland are meant to correspond to Spaceland.
(b) The book is to be taken literally at all times.
(c) The book is not supposed to correspond at all to reality.
(d) Not all aspects of Pointland are meant to correspond to Flatland.

5. What theory had Einstein not yet developed by the time Flatland was published?
(a) The theory of the fourth dimension
(b) The theory of time and space
(c) The theory of movement
(d) The theory of relativity

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Hoffman, what is the goal of the novel?

2. Why is touching on occasion inaccurate?

3. What shape are women?

4. What power do women have in Flatland that makes them even more deadly?

5. Why were women in support of the bill?

Short Essay Questions

1. Summarize A. Square's explanation of Flatland.

2. What example does A. Square use to show his reasoning behind the need for regularity of shape?

3. Summarize A. Square's example of how to imagine how inhabitants of Flatland see one another.

4. What is the author's primary defense against the idea that those in Flatland should recognize thickness, and infer a dimension?

5. In Chapter 1, what does A. Square compare sight in Flatland to in the three dimensional world, Spaceland, and what is the comparison?

6. Explain how sound is used to recognize lower shape classes, and why such a method cannot be used by the upper class.

7. What is Hoffman's belief about the relatability of the characters in the novel?

8. How does A. Square explain the lack of ability to discern changes in retraction or projection in Chapter 1?

9. What happens to irregular figures? Be sure to discuss all irregulars, including those with highly irregular figures.

10. What was the Universal Color Bill, and why did women support it?

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