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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 happens to a line as it gets further away in Flatland?
(a) It gets larger.
(b) It gets smaller.
(c) It gets thinner.
(d) It gets thicker.

2. What shape are the middle class members?
(a) Equilateral triangles
(b) Squares
(c) Straight lines
(d) Isosceles triangles

3. What does the editor say is the first objection to the novel?
(a) That direction should be noted in the novel.
(b) That weight should be noted in the novel.
(c) That distance should be noted in the novel.
(d) That thickness should be noted in the novel.

4. What have the priests discovered about increasing laws against women that force them to be confined at home?
(a) Such actions result in higher suicide rates.
(b) Such actions result in higher birth rates.
(c) Such actions result in the death of more men.
(d) Such actions result in the death of more women.

5. What is the editor's defense of the first objection?
(a) That since distance cannot be measured, it is not comprehended.
(b) That since direction cannot be measured, it is not comprehended.
(c) That since weight cannot be measured, it is not comprehended.
(d) That since thickness cannot be measured, it is not comprehended.

Short Answer Questions

1. To what does the author compare Flatland?

2. What army did the Isosceles defeat?

3. Within how many generations did nearly everyone adopt color?

4. What shapes are included in the Priestly order?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What are the three rules created for women, in order to protect society? What are the rules in the strictest society?

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

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

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

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