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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 shape are professional men?

2. How was the bill going to destroy the aristocracy?

3. From which direction do women enter houses?

4. What can inhabitants of Flatland NOT do?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Name some features of the houses of Flatland.

6. What occurs in society as a result of the Color Revolt?

7. In Chapter 1, what does A. Square compare sight in Flatland to in the three dimensional world, Spaceland, and what is the comparison?

8. What happens to aristocratic children who fail exams, and as a result, what does the State feel should happen?

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

10. What is the law of nature that helps protect the upper class? Which law of nature do Circles use to help stifle agitation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Flatland, only the upper class have rights to certain privileges. Discuss at least two examples of such privileges. Do you think the upper class in modern society has more privileges than the lower classes? Why?

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 4, Abbott discusses the role of women in Flatland. He clearly uses the women in the novel to symbolize how women are treated in Victorian society. Discuss how Abbott portrays women in the novel, and compare it to both women in historic times, as well as in modern times. Has the treatment of women improved? If so, is the change universal? If not, what types of viewpoints have not changed? Do you feel such treatment is valid, or unjust? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Class clearly plays an important role in the novel, both in terms of the storyline and in terms of Abbott's use of symbolism to represent Victorian society. Discuss, in detail, Abbott's overall point about the class structure of society, and it's impact on each of the following:

1. Education

2. The legal system

3. Marriage

4. War

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