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. Because of their education, what method of recognition is considered a serious offense?

2. What does the author tell the reader to do to mimic Flatland?

3. What classes are able to use this method?

4. What was Edwin Abbott's field of interest?

5. What work are irregular shapes allowed to have?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the overall shape of a woman in Flatland, and why such a shape is detrimental?

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

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

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

5. How does A. Square explain the lack of ability to discern changes in retraction or projection in Chapter 1?

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

7. How is the temper of women useful in ridding society of the most brutal of the Isosceles class?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 18, Sphere and A. Square discuss A. Square's belief that the ability to see everything makes one a God. Explain A. Square's argument, and Sphere's comments. Which do you agree with, and why? What other qualities do you believe a God must have? Why?

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

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.

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