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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. Within how many generations did nearly everyone adopt color?
2. What is customary for women in upper class homes to do at all times?
3. What theory had Einstein not yet developed by the time Flatland was published?
4. Why are there no windows in houses of Flatland?
5. What is the editor's defense of the first objection?
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain the basic process of evolution, as described in Chapter 3.
2. How does A. Square explain the lack of ability to discern changes in retraction or projection in Chapter 1?
3. Explain why Hoffman believes Abbott was afraid the writing of the book may tarnish his other writings.
4. What situation leads to the taking of A. Square into Spaceland at the end of Chapter 17?
5. Explain A. Square's argument that he is now God, and Sphere's rebuttal in Chapter 18.
6. What method does A. Square next attempt to use to describe the Fourth Dimension? Why does he find it difficult?
7. What occurs in society as a result of the Color Revolt?
8. Describe the Circle Class physically, and in terms of their role in society.
9. What is the author's primary defense against the idea that those in Flatland should recognize thickness, and infer a dimension?
10. How does the Circle attempt to prove in Chapter 17 to A. Square he is telling the truth? Why is this nearly convincing?
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
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
In Flatland, there are several Laws of Nature discussed that serve to keep the Circles in power. Choose one of these laws, and explain it in depth. Does such a law of nature truly exist in the world? What do you believe Abbott was trying to say by introducing this law?
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