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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 shape of houses is not allowed?
3. What happens to a line as it gets closer in Flatland?
4. What does the author tell the reader to do to mimic Flatland?
5. Why is hearing only used on occasion as a recognition method?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Hoffman's belief about the relatability of the characters in the novel?
2. What happened when the Circles regained power following defeat of the color bill? Please be specific.
3. 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.
4. What tools do inhabitants use to discern direction in Flatland?
5. How is the temper of women useful in ridding society of the most brutal of the Isosceles class?
6. What is the author's primary defense against the idea that A. Square hates women?
7. What are some of the characteristics of women in Chapter 5?
8. What were the events surrounding the spread of desire to color Flatland, and how long did almost complete colorization take?
9. What happens to aristocratic children who fail exams, and as a result, what does the State feel should happen?
10. What is the author's primary defense against the idea that those in Flatland should recognize thickness, and infer a dimension?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explain the evolutionary process in Flatland, as explained in Chapter 3. Be sure to include not only the basics given, but also specific information about lower class individuals, Equilateral triangles, and Circles. Compare this evolutionary process to that of humans.
Essay Topic 2
Throughout the novel, Circles use their power to control the lower classes. Discuss at least three examples of this abuse of power. What do you think Abbott was attempting to say about the aristocratic powers of his own time?
Essay Topic 3
Fear is a vital theme throughout Flatland, as it is used for a variety of purposes. Choose one of the following situations, and explain how fear is used to control the population. Do you believe this power was abused, or used for a just cause? Do you think fear is still used to control populations? Is this a just method of control? Why or why not?
1. The final meeting of the community to pass or deny the Universal Color Bill
2. The proclamation by the Circles at the end of the novel, in terms of those discussing a third dimension
3. The threat of death for irregular shapes
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