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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 was Edwin Abbott's occupation?

2. What can inhabitants of Flatland NOT do?

3. What does the editor note that A. Square wishes the readers of Flatland would understand?

4. What were Edwin Abbott's primary interests?

5. The author notes these individuals have a similar experience in Spaceland that helps explain what things look like in Flatland.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

4. Summarize A. Square's example of how to imagine how inhabitants of Flatland see one another.

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

6. Explain how sight recognition is used in upper classes, and why such a method cannot be used for the lower class.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In the book, there are several methods of recognition discussed including sound, sight, and feel. Compare the methods explained in the book to our own methods using the same senses. How are they the same? How do they differ? If you were to lose two of these senses, do you think the remaining one would be accurate 100 percent of the time?

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