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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 does the editor say is the second objection to the novel?
(a) That the author hates children.
(b) That the author hates priests.
(c) That the author hates women.
(d) That the author hates men.

2. What does A. Square say about the aesthetic and artistic aspects of Flatland?
(a) They are similar to that of Pointland.
(b) They are vibrant and alive.
(c) They are dull.
(d) They are similar to that of Spaceland.

3. How can inhabitants conceive of angles?
(a) They understand the mathematics behind them.
(b) They infer them.
(c) They don't understand angles.
(d) They see them.

4. What method of recognition was no longer taught?
(a) Hearing
(b) Sight
(c) Touch
(d) Smell

5. What was this movement called?
(a) The Color Generation
(b) The Color War
(c) The Color Age
(d) The Color Revolt

Short Answer Questions

1. What physical trait makes women in Flatland dangerous?

2. Why does the author call the land he writes about Flatland?

3. To what does the author compare Flatland?

4. How do families rise in standing?

5. According to Hoffman, what is the goal of the novel?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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

3. What occurs in society as a result of the Color Revolt?

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

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

6. What were the events surrounding the spread of desire to color Flatland, and how long did almost complete colorization take?

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

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

10. What happened when the Circles regained power following defeat of the color bill? Please be specific.

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