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

2. What does the editor defend against at the end of the preface?
(a) The author's presentation of Pentagons
(b) The author's presentation of Triangles
(c) The author's presentation of Squares
(d) The author's presentation of Circles

3. What is the Law of Compensation?
(a) The tendency for women to be weak but intelligent, and for men to be strong but less intelligent.
(b) The tendency for weaker shapes to be taller, and stronger shapes to be shorter.
(c) The tendency for stronger shapes to be more intelligent, and for weaker shapes to be less intelligent.
(d) The tendency for stronger shapes to be less intelligent, and for weaker shapes to be more intelligent.

4. What ended the women's support of the bill?
(a) The attack of a young woman by an Isosceles pretending to be a higher class shape.
(b) The attack of a young woman by a Circle pretending to be a lower class shape
(c) The attack of a young woman by an Right Triangle pretending to be a higher class shape
(d) The attack of a young woman by a Square pretending to be a higher class shape

5. What method of recognition was no longer taught?
(a) Sight
(b) Smell
(c) Hearing
(d) Touch

Short Answer Questions

1. Why are there no windows in houses of Flatland?

2. What is the most common form of house construction in Flatland?

3. How many points are on a compass in Flatland?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In Chapter 5, A. Square explains how the Law of Nature provides an alphabet of angles through the birth of irregular angles and shapes. Explain what is done with irregular specimens in Flatland. Be sure to include small angle shapes in your discussion.

4. Name some features of the houses of Flatland.

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

6. What happened when the Circles regained power following defeat of the color bill? Please be specific.

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

8. Explain why Hoffman believes Abbott was afraid the writing of the book may tarnish his other writings.

9. How is the temper of women useful in ridding society of the most brutal of the Isosceles class?

10. Discuss at least two ways the inhabitants of Flatland attempt to alter natural evolution.

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