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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 do upper class women do that lower class women try to imitate?

2. From which direction do women enter houses?

3. What was Edwin Abbott's field of interest?

4. What does the author tell the reader to do to mimic Flatland?

5. In what year was Flatland written?

Short Essay Questions

1. What occurred when individuals began to question where light came from?

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

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

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

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

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 aristocratic children who fail exams, and as a result, what does the State feel should happen?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Circles in Flatland strive to achieve a higher shape, and thereby a higher position in society. Explain three ways Circles attempt to improve their shape. What do these changes symbolize in the real world? Do you believe that attaining a higher status in life should be a primary goal? If so, why? If not, what should be a primary goal?

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 4, Abbott discusses the role of women in Flatland. He clearly uses the women in the novel to symbolize how women are treated in Victorian society. Discuss how Abbott portrays women in the novel, and compare it to both women in historic times, as well as in modern times. Has the treatment of women improved? If so, is the change universal? If not, what types of viewpoints have not changed? Do you feel such treatment is valid, or unjust? Why?

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