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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. The first law for women is;
(a) They must enter houses on the North side.
(b) They must enter houses on the West side.
(c) They must enter houses on the South side.
(d) They must enter houses on the East side.

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

3. What shape are women?
(a) Circles
(b) Straight lines
(c) Squares
(d) Equilateral triangles

4. What can inhabitants of Flatland NOT do?
(a) Move north
(b) Move south
(c) Move sideways
(d) Rise above or beneath the surface

5. Where are higher class youths sent for education?
(a) Spaceland
(b) Military schools
(c) State schools
(d) Seminaries

Short Answer Questions

1. Under what name was Flatland originally published?

2. What do inhabitants of Flatland see?

3. What does the editor note that A. Square wishes the readers of Flatland would understand?

4. What is the editor's defense of the second objection?

5. What is the third unrecognized dimension in Flatland?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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