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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. The first law for women is;

2. What two body parts are the same on a woman?

3. What method of recognition was no longer taught?

4. What happened to those who attempted to discover the source of light in Flatland?

5. According to Hoffman, what is the goal of the novel?

Short Essay Questions

1. The Circle attempts to use an analogy to explain three dimensional space to A. Square in Chapter 16. Summarize this analogy.

2. What is the author's primary defense against the idea that those in Flatland should recognize thickness, and infer a dimension?

3. What situation leads to the taking of A. Square into Spaceland at the end of Chapter 17?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What method does A. Square next attempt to use to describe the Fourth Dimension? Why does he find it difficult?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 4, Abbott discusses the role of women in Flatland. He clearly uses the women in the novel to symbolize how women are treated in Victorian society. Discuss how Abbott portrays women in the novel, and compare it to both women in historic times, as well as in modern times. Has the treatment of women improved? If so, is the change universal? If not, what types of viewpoints have not changed? Do you feel such treatment is valid, or unjust? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Fear is a vital theme throughout Flatland, as it is used for a variety of purposes. Choose one of the following situations, and explain how fear is used to control the population. Do you believe this power was abused, or used for a just cause? Do you think fear is still used to control populations? Is this a just method of control? Why or why not?

1. The final meeting of the community to pass or deny the Universal Color Bill

2. The proclamation by the Circles at the end of the novel, in terms of those discussing a third dimension

3. The threat of death for irregular shapes

Essay Topic 3

Several individuals in the novel resort to violence in response to new ideas given by other individuals. Explain two of these situations. Why do you think these characters resorted to violence? Do you think people in our world resort to violence in the face of change? Why or why not?

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