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

2. What does Hoffman say about the fourth dimension?

3. What does Hoffman say about the first three dimensions?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happened when the Circles regained power following defeat of the color bill? Please be specific.

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

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

5. Summarize A. Square's example of how to imagine how inhabitants of Flatland see one another.

6. What occurred when individuals began to question where light came from?

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

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

9. Why does Hoffman believe the development of the fourth dimension does not lessen the lessons of the book?

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

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

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

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?

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