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 Hoffman say about the characters of Flatland?

2. What object that helps sight in Spaceland does not exist in Flatland?

3. Why are there no windows in houses of Flatland?

4. The third law for women is:

5. What did Pantocyclus tell the workmen they would have to accept?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why square and triangular homes are not allowed. In addition, explain why government buildings are allowed to be triangular.

2. Why does A. Square attack the Circle at the end of Chapter 16? Who does A. Square remind you of at this point, and why?

3. Explain how sound is used to recognize lower shape classes, and why such a method cannot be used by the upper class.

4. What does A. Square feel is improper regarding the relationship between Circles and Women, and concerning the relationship between men and women in general?

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

6. Explain the primary focus of Circles in Chapter 12, and the reasoning behind that focus.

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

8. What situation leads to the taking of A. Square into Spaceland at the end of Chapter 17?

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

10. Explain the only recognition method used in Flatland, and why touch and sight are not used.

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

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 3

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?

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