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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 power do women have in Flatland that makes them even more deadly?
(a) They can see further than any other form.
(b) They can change into other forms.
(c) They can make themselves invisible.
(d) They can move very quickly.

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

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

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

5. What is the second means of recognition in Flatland?
(a) Sight
(b) Smell
(c) Touch
(d) Hearing

Short Answer Questions

1. Why were women in support of the bill?

2. From which direction does rain fall?

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

4. Where are readers assumed to live?

5. To what does the author compare Flatland?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What tools do inhabitants use to discern direction in Flatland?

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

4. 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.

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

6. Name some features of the houses of Flatland.

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

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

9. What is Hoffman's belief about the relatability of the characters in the novel?

10. Explain the overall shape of a woman in Flatland, and why such a shape is detrimental?

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