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 physical trait makes women in Flatland dangerous?

2. What does the editor defend against at the end of the preface?

3. What army did the Isosceles defeat?

4. What does the Equilateral triangle look like in Flatland?

5. Who was the first person to invent color?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What occurred when individuals began to question where light came from?

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

5. What are the three rules created for women, in order to protect society? What are the rules in the strictest society?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 18, Sphere and A. Square discuss A. Square's belief that the ability to see everything makes one a God. Explain A. Square's argument, and Sphere's comments. Which do you agree with, and why? What other qualities do you believe a God must have? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 7, A. Square explains what happens to individuals who are shaped irregularly. Discuss the consequences of irregularity in Flatland. Does our society have similar punishments for those who deviate from the norm? Explain your answer by discussing a particular group of individuals who deviate from the norm, and how they are treated by society. Do you believe such treatment is just, or wrong? Why?

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