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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 defend against at the end of the preface?
(a) The author's presentation of Triangles
(b) The author's presentation of Squares
(c) The author's presentation of Pentagons
(d) The author's presentation of Circles

2. What happens to the most irregular shapes?
(a) They are imprisoned.
(b) They are allowed into public office.
(c) They are allowed to marry into a higher class.
(d) They are killed.

3. Who is Pantocyclus?
(a) The young woman's father
(b) A. Square's father
(c) The leader of the lower class
(d) The Chief Circle

4. What does Hoffman say is the fourth dimension?
(a) Sound
(b) Movement
(c) Space
(d) Time

5. What happens to Equilateral children of Isosceles Triangles?
(a) They are taken away and given to Equilateral parents.
(b) They are cherished as the highest member of the Isosceles family.
(c) They are looked down upon.
(d) They are killed.

Short Answer Questions

1. The first law for women is;

2. Where are readers assumed to live?

3. What does A. Square say about the aesthetic and artistic aspects of Flatland?

4. Because of their education, what method of recognition is considered a serious offense?

5. What happens to a line as it gets closer in Flatland?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the evolution of Circles, and be sure to include both natural evolution and artificial evolution.

3. Explain A. Square's argument that he is now God, and Sphere's rebuttal in Chapter 18.

4. Describe the Circle Class physically, and in terms of their role in society.

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

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

7. Explain the overall shape of a woman in Flatland, and why such a shape is detrimental?

8. Why does Hoffman believe the development of the fourth dimension does not lessen the lessons of the book?

9. Describe the scene between A. Square and his grandson in Chapter 15, and summarize the grandson's argument for a third dimension.

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

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