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 happens to the most irregular shapes?

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

3. What group showed the most amazing display of color?

4. What does A. Square say about the aesthetic and artistic aspects of Flatland?

5. What does the editor say is his second reason for writing the preface?

Short Essay Questions

1. Summarize A. Square's explanation of Flatland.

2. What is Hoffman's belief about the relatability of the characters in the novel?

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

4. Explain the shape of workmen and soldiers, women, the middle class, the professionals, and noblemen, or priests.

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

6. Explain how sound is used to recognize lower shape classes, and why such a method cannot be used by the upper 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. What was the Universal Color Bill, and why did women support it?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

In the Preface, the author defends his positions that height is immeasurable in Flatland, that his writing of women is just, and that his position on the upper class of Victorian society is valid. Choose one of these positions, and either support or argue against Abbott's positions. Be sure to include both Abbott's original position on the subject, as well as your own analysis of Abbott's position.

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