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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 work are irregular shapes allowed to have?
(a) Doctors
(b) Tradesmen
(c) Teachers
(d) Government positions

2. What does the shape of women prevent?
(a) Swimming
(b) Childbirth
(c) Spontaneous passion
(d) Walking

3. How do families rise in standing?
(a) They do not; statuses are unchangeable in Flatland.
(b) Each generation is educated in a more superior manner.
(c) Each generation is born with one new side.
(d) Each generation is born with one less side.

4. What does A. Square blame for the inhabitants' inability to discern North in the normal way?
(a) Lack of sight
(b) Lack of a sense of direction
(c) Lack of compasses
(d) Lack of a sun

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does the editor say is his third reason for writing the preface?

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

4. What does Hoffman say about the first three dimensions?

5. What is the editor's defense of the second objection?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to aristocratic children who fail exams, and as a result, what does the State feel should happen?

2. Name some features of the houses of Flatland.

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Hoffman believe the development of the fourth dimension does not lessen the lessons of the book?

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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