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 is irregularity considered in Flatland?

2. What is the Law of Compensation?

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

4. What classes are able to use this method?

5. Why were women in support of the bill?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is the temper of women useful in ridding society of the most brutal of the Isosceles class?

3. Explain why Hoffman believes Abbott was afraid the writing of the book may tarnish his other writings.

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

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

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

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

8. What is Hoffman's belief about the relatability of the characters in the novel?

9. What does Hoffman mean when he calls the novel timeless in the Introduction?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, Circles use their power to control the lower classes. Discuss at least three examples of this abuse of power. What do you think Abbott was attempting to say about the aristocratic powers of his own time?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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