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 does the shape of women prevent?

2. What does the editor compare Flatland's third dimension to in Spaceland?

3. How long did the color movement continue?

4. What shape are women?

5. What shape of houses is not allowed?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the characteristics of women in Chapter 5?

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

5. Explain the use of color in the military of Flatland.

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

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

8. Summarize A. Square's example of how to imagine how inhabitants of Flatland see one another.

9. What is the law of nature that helps protect the upper class? Which law of nature do Circles use to help stifle agitation?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In Chapter 7, A. Square explains what happens to individuals who are shaped irregularly. Discuss the consequences of irregularity in Flatland. Does our society have similar punishments for those who deviate from the norm? Explain your answer by discussing a particular group of individuals who deviate from the norm, and how they are treated by society. Do you believe such treatment is just, or wrong? Why?

Essay Topic 3

In Flatland, children are often punished as a result of their parent's wishes. Choose one of the following, and discuss what happens to these children in the novel. Is such treatment justified? Why or why not? Does modern society punish the children as a result of parental wishes? How?

1.) Young shapes are surgically altered to create more sides.

2.) Children who fail exams are shunned in society.

3.) Irregular children are used as specimens in schools.

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