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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. How was the bill going to destroy the aristocracy?
(a) Through the coloration of tradesmen
(b) Through coloration of Circles and a loss of sight recognition
(c) Through coloration of the military
(d) Through coloration of women and an increase of sight recognition

2. What does the author tell the reader to do to mimic Flatland?
(a) Place a penny on a table.
(b) Place a penny on a table and look at it from above.
(c) Place a penny on a table and look at it at eye level.
(d) Place a penny on a table and stand it on one end.

3. Why is hearing only used on occasion as a recognition method?
(a) Lower classes can imitate higher classes.
(b) Higher classes cannot speak.
(c) All classes sound the same.
(d) Lower classes cannot make sounds.

4. What was Edwin Abbott's field of interest?
(a) Classics
(b) Math
(c) Science
(d) Social Relations

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where are higher class youths sent for education?

2. What army did the Isosceles defeat?

3. What is the Law of Compensation?

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

5. After the war, who is still allowed to make color?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What example does A. Square use to show his reasoning behind the need for regularity of shape?

(see the answer keys)

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