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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 happens to the most irregular shapes?
(a) They are allowed into public office.
(b) They are imprisoned.
(c) They are allowed to marry into a higher class.
(d) They are killed.

2. Why does the author call the land he writes about Flatland?
(a) To make it easier for him to write about
(b) To make it easier to distinguish for readers
(c) Because it is flat
(d) Because that is what locals call it

3. What does A. Square say about the laws regarding irregulars?
(a) They are unsafe and create problems.
(b) They are for the good of society.
(c) They are brutal and unfair.
(d) They are unlikely to help society.

4. Why are there no windows in houses of Flatland?
(a) Because light is always present and constant.
(b) Because light doesn't exist inside.
(c) Because light comes from the South.
(d) Because light comes only from inside houses.

5. In what year was Flatland written?
(a) 1844
(b) 1774
(c) 1964
(d) 1884

Short Answer Questions

1. How was the bill going to destroy the aristocracy?

2. What have the priests discovered about increasing laws against women that force them to be confined at home?

3. What were Edwin Abbott's primary interests?

4. Within how many generations did nearly everyone adopt color?

5. What happens to a man who "runs against" a woman?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Name some features of the houses of Flatland.

3. Explain the use of color in the military of Flatland.

4. Explain the shape of workmen and soldiers, women, the middle class, the professionals, and noblemen, or priests.

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

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

7. What caused women to turn against the color bill?

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

9. What is the law of nature that helps protect the upper class? Which law of nature do Circles use to help stifle agitation?

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

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