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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 field of interest?
(a) Math
(b) Social Relations
(c) Science
(d) Classics

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

3. Who is the editor, in reality, who wrote the Preface?
(a) Paul Kennedy
(b) Banesh Hoffman
(c) Edward Abbott
(d) A. Square

4. How long did the color movement continue?
(a) Two years
(b) One year
(c) Four years
(d) Three years

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the Equilateral triangle look like in Flatland?

2. What object that helps sight in Spaceland does not exist in Flatland?

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

4. What physical trait makes women in Flatland dangerous?

5. What shape of houses is not allowed?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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