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. How did the Legislature finally stop individuals from trying to find the source of light in Flatland?

2. What does A. Square blame for the inhabitants' inability to discern North in the normal way?

3. What shape of houses is not allowed?

4. To what does the author compare Flatland?

5. The second law for women is:

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Name some features of the houses of Flatland.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

List and describe the three dimensions discussed in the novel. Be sure to include as many details about each as possible.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the evolutionary process in Flatland, as explained in Chapter 3. Be sure to include not only the basics given, but also specific information about lower class individuals, Equilateral triangles, and Circles. Compare this evolutionary process to that of humans.

Essay Topic 3

In the Preface, the author defends his positions that height is immeasurable in Flatland, that his writing of women is just, and that his position on the upper class of Victorian society is valid. Choose one of these positions, and either support or argue against Abbott's positions. Be sure to include both Abbott's original position on the subject, as well as your own analysis of Abbott's position.

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