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. Why is touching on occasion inaccurate?

2. What does A. Square say about the aesthetic and artistic aspects of Flatland?

3. What does the State do with smaller angle specimens used for teaching tools?

4. What shape are the middle class members?

5. What is the Law of Compensation?

Short Essay Questions

1. Name some features of the houses of Flatland.

2. In Chapter 5, A. Square explains how the Law of Nature provides an alphabet of angles through the birth of irregular angles and shapes. Explain what is done with irregular specimens in Flatland. Be sure to include small angle shapes in your discussion.

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

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

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

6. What were the events surrounding the spread of desire to color Flatland, and how long did almost complete colorization take?

7. What happened when the Circles regained power following defeat of the color bill? Please be specific.

8. What caused women to turn against the color bill?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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.

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