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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 is the third form of recognition in Flatland?
(a) Touch
(b) Smell
(c) Hearing
(d) Sight

2. What shape are professional men?
(a) Equilateral or Isosceles triangles
(b) Circles
(c) Squares or Pentagons
(d) Hexagons

3. What two body parts are the same on a woman?
(a) The mouth and the hand
(b) The eye and the hand
(c) The eye and the mouth
(d) The nose and the mouth

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

5. What were Edwin Abbott's primary interests?
(a) Literature and theology
(b) Literature and mathematics
(c) Literature and physics
(d) Literature and social sciences

Short Answer Questions

1. What bill sought to color women and circles the same?

2. What method of recognition was no longer taught?

3. What shape of houses is not allowed?

4. How did the Legislature finally stop individuals from trying to find the source of light in Flatland?

5. Why does the author call the land he writes about Flatland?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain the basic process of evolution, as described in Chapter 3.

3. What appears to be the reasoning behind the need for the preface of this novel?

4. Name some features of the houses of Flatland.

5. What are some of the characteristics of women in Chapter 5?

6. Explain how sight recognition is used in upper classes, and why such a method cannot be used for the lower class.

7. What does Hoffman mean when he calls the novel timeless in the Introduction?

8. What were the events surrounding the spread of desire to color Flatland, and how long did almost complete colorization take?

9. Explain why square and triangular homes are not allowed. In addition, explain why government buildings are allowed to be triangular.

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

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