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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. 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

Class clearly plays an important role in the novel, both in terms of the storyline and in terms of Abbott's use of symbolism to represent Victorian society. Discuss, in detail, Abbott's overall point about the class structure of society, and it's impact on each of the following:

1. Education

2. The legal system

3. Marriage

4. War

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

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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