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 ended the women's support of the bill?

2. What does A. Square blame for the inhabitants' inability to discern North in the normal way?

3. What shape are the middle class members?

4. Where are readers assumed to live?

5. What does Hoffman say is the fourth dimension?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What were the events surrounding the spread of desire to color Flatland, and how long did almost complete colorization take?

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

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

9. What example does A. Square use to show his reasoning behind the need for regularity of shape?

10. Name some features of the houses of Flatland.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 Flatland, there are several Laws of Nature discussed that serve to keep the Circles in power. Choose one of these laws, and explain it in depth. Does such a law of nature truly exist in the world? What do you believe Abbott was trying to say by introducing this law?

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