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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 editor's defense of the second objection?
(a) That the author was pointing out the danger of religion.
(b) That the author was writing as other historians have written.
(c) That the author was defending children through irony.
(d) That the author was writing his true opinion, and has a right to his opinion.

2. What allows this method to be possible?
(a) Fog
(b) Rain
(c) Light
(d) Snow

3. What is the Law of Nature?
(a) The tendency for each generation to rise in standing.
(b) The tendency for each generation to drop in standing.
(c) The tendency for each generation to remain stable over time.
(d) The tendency for any shape out of the ordinary to be killed.

4. What does the Equilateral triangle look like in Flatland?
(a) A single point
(b) A curved line
(c) A straight line
(d) An Equilateral triangle

5. What does the editor compare Flatland's third dimension to in Spaceland?
(a) The first dimension
(b) The second dimension
(c) The fifth dimension
(d) The fourth dimension

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the Law of Compensation?

2. What does the shape of women prevent?

3. What is a man expected to do when meeting a woman on the street?

4. What can inhabitants of Flatland NOT do?

5. What does the editor note that A. Square wishes the readers of Flatland would understand?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. The Circle attempts to use an analogy to explain three dimensional space to A. Square in Chapter 16. Summarize this analogy.

3. Explain the only recognition method used in Flatland, and why touch and sight are not used.

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

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

6. How does the Circle attempt to prove in Chapter 17 to A. Square he is telling the truth? Why is this nearly convincing?

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

8. Describe the evolution of Circles, and be sure to include both natural evolution and artificial evolution.

9. What occurred when individuals began to question where light came from?

10. Describe the scene between A. Square and his grandson in Chapter 15, and summarize the grandson's argument for a third dimension.

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