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 does Hoffman say about the first three dimensions?

2. Within how many generations did nearly everyone adopt color?

3. What happens to leaders of rebellions of lower classes who are nearly regular shaped?

4. What shapes are included in the Priestly order?

5. What do upper class women do that lower class women try to imitate?

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 was the Universal Color Bill, and why did women support it?

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

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

6. Explain why square and triangular homes are not allowed. In addition, explain why government buildings are allowed to be triangular.

7. 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.

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

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

10. What does Hoffman mean when he calls the novel timeless in the Introduction?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout Flatland, there are several examples of biases within the legal system, such as the killing of policemen witnessing the arrival of the Sphere while the higher class Squares are imprisoned. Discuss at least two examples of such biases. What do you think Abbott was trying to say about the relationship between class and justice? Do you believe his points are still valid today? Why or why not? Be sure to support your answer with both concepts from the book and your own experiences.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel, the idea of individuals using drastic measures to overcome their position in life is presented. Give at least two examples of this in the novel, and discuss in depth the process these individuals endure. Do you think such drastic measures are used in today's society? Do you believe such measures are justified?

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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