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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 was one benefit to having color?
(a) A brighter home
(b) Being more attractive
(c) Immediate recognition
(d) More stable relationships

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

3. What do inhabitants of Flatland see?
(a) Triangles and Squares
(b) Straight lines
(c) Circles
(d) Solids

4. Within how many generations did nearly everyone adopt color?
(a) One
(b) Five
(c) Ten
(d) Two

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What classes are able to use this method?

2. Where are readers assumed to live?

3. What does the State do with smaller angle specimens used for teaching tools?

4. What is the second means of recognition in Flatland?

5. What is the third unrecognized dimension in Flatland?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What appears to be the reasoning behind the need for the preface of this novel?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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