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 the author tell the reader to do to mimic Flatland?

2. The first law for women is;

3. What method of recognition was no longer taught?

4. What classes are able to use this method?

5. What army did the Isosceles defeat?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Explain the use of color in the military of Flatland.

6. What appears to be the reasoning behind the need for the preface of this novel?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 9, Abbott discusses the role of women in the near-passage of the Universal Color Bill. Discuss why women wanted the bill to pass, and why they would stand to benefit. Think of an event in history that women helped to shape, and compare the gains of the women in Flatland to the women in your example. Do the women stand to gain in the same ways? Do they differ? How?

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

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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