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 group showed the most amazing display of color?

2. What happens to the most irregular shapes?

3. What is the third form of recognition in Flatland?

4. Why does the State believe that aristocratic children who fail exams should be killed?

5. What was this movement called?

Short Essay Questions

1. Summarize A. Square's explanation of Flatland.

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Hoffman believe the development of the fourth dimension does not lessen the lessons of the book?

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

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

9. Explain the overall shape of a woman in Flatland, and why such a shape is detrimental?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Flatland, children are often punished as a result of their parent's wishes. Choose one of the following, and discuss what happens to these children in the novel. Is such treatment justified? Why or why not? Does modern society punish the children as a result of parental wishes? How?

1.) Young shapes are surgically altered to create more sides.

2.) Children who fail exams are shunned in society.

3.) Irregular children are used as specimens in schools.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the King of Pointland, the King of Lineland, A. Square, and the Sphere, including their general characteristics as well as their overall personalities. What are their similarities? What are their differences?

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 9, Abbott discusses the role of women in the near-passage of the Universal Color Bill. Discuss why women wanted the bill to pass, and why they would stand to benefit. Think of an event in history that women helped to shape, and compare the gains of the women in Flatland to the women in your example. Do the women stand to gain in the same ways? Do they differ? How?

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