Flatland Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What method of recognition was no longer taught?

2. Why does the State believe that aristocratic children who fail exams should be killed?

3. Why were women in support of the bill?

4. What happens to Equilateral children of Isosceles Triangles?

5. What happens to leaders of rebellions of lower classes who are nearly regular shaped?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain the shapes of Lineland in Chapter 13, and their existence in terms of movement and marriage.

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

4. What does the grandson hear outside the window in Chapter 21? Why does he become afraid? What does this fear cause him to reject?

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

6. What method does A. Square next attempt to use to describe the Fourth Dimension? Why does he find it difficult?

7. Explain why A. Square chooses his grandson to be the student for his lesson about the Fourth Dimension, and why he doesn't choose another student.

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

9. In Chapter 1, what does A. Square compare sight in Flatland to in the three dimensional world, Spaceland, and what is the comparison?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Flatland, Abbott uses shapes as representations of individuals within his own society. Choose three shapes from Flatland, and discuss how they relate to the true groups such shapes represent. Be sure to include such concepts as class, intellectual pursuit, and power.

Essay Topic 2

In Flatland, there are several Laws of Nature discussed that serve to keep the Circles in power. Choose one of these laws, and explain it in depth. Does such a law of nature truly exist in the world? What do you believe Abbott was trying to say by introducing this law?

Essay Topic 3

In the book, there are several methods of recognition discussed including sound, sight, and feel. Compare the methods explained in the book to our own methods using the same senses. How are they the same? How do they differ? If you were to lose two of these senses, do you think the remaining one would be accurate 100 percent of the time?

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