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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 group showed the most amazing display of color?
(a) Intellectuals
(b) Circles
(c) The Woman
(d) The Military

2. On what does the civilization of Flatland depend?
(a) Regularity of shapes
(b) The lower classes
(c) Irregularity of shapes
(d) The State

3. What shape are women?
(a) Squares
(b) Circles
(c) Equilateral triangles
(d) Straight lines

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was one benefit to having color?

2. What does the editor compare Flatland's third dimension to in Spaceland?

3. The third law for women is:

4. What happens to leaders of rebellions of lower classes who are nearly regular shaped?

5. What does the shape of women prevent?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to irregular figures? Be sure to discuss all irregulars, including those with highly irregular figures.

2. Based on the end of the Preface, what is the author attempting to say about the ruling class of his time?

3. Explain how sound is used to recognize lower shape classes, and why such a method cannot be used by the upper class.

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

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

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

7. What is the author's primary defense against the idea that A. Square hates women?

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

9. Summarize A. Square's explanation of Flatland.

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

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