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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. In what year was Flatland written?
(a) 1774
(b) 1964
(c) 1884
(d) 1844

2. Why are there no windows in houses of Flatland?
(a) Because light comes from the South.
(b) Because light doesn't exist inside.
(c) Because light comes only from inside houses.
(d) Because light is always present and constant.

3. What is customary for women in upper class homes to do at all times?
(a) Never speak to their husbands
(b) Face their husbands
(c) Never leave the house
(d) Never leave their apartments

4. What does A. Square say about the laws regarding irregulars?
(a) They are brutal and unfair.
(b) They are unlikely to help society.
(c) They are unsafe and create problems.
(d) They are for the good of society.

5. What happens to leaders of rebellions of lower classes who are nearly regular shaped?
(a) They are killed.
(b) They are reshaped and adopted into higher classes.
(c) They are placed into State Hospitals.
(d) They are allowed to live among the lower class to provide hope.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. From which direction do women enter houses?

3. What happens to a man who "runs against" a woman?

4. What happens to the trade man in the author's example of problems with irregular shapes?

5. The third law for women is:

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What was the Universal Color Bill, and why did women support it?

4. Explain why Hoffman believes Abbott was afraid the writing of the book may tarnish his other writings.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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