Flatland Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. The first law for women is;

2. What two body parts are the same on a woman?

3. What method of recognition was no longer taught?

4. What happened to those who attempted to discover the source of light in Flatland?

5. According to Hoffman, what is the goal of the novel?

Short Essay Questions

1. The Circle attempts to use an analogy to explain three dimensional space to A. Square in Chapter 16. Summarize this analogy.

2. What is the author's primary defense against the idea that those in Flatland should recognize thickness, and infer a dimension?

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

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

5. What tools do inhabitants use to discern direction in Flatland?

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

7. What is the author's primary defense against the idea that A. Square hates women?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Several individuals in the novel resort to violence in response to new ideas given by other individuals. Explain two of these situations. Why do you think these characters resorted to violence? Do you think people in our world resort to violence in the face of change? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout Flatland, there are several examples of biases within the legal system, such as the killing of policemen witnessing the arrival of the Sphere while the higher class Squares are imprisoned. Discuss at least two examples of such biases. What do you think Abbott was trying to say about the relationship between class and justice? Do you believe his points are still valid today? Why or why not? Be sure to support your answer with both concepts from the book and your own experiences.

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