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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. On what does the civilization of Flatland depend?
3. Why are there no windows in houses of Flatland?
4. What does A. Square say about the laws regarding irregulars?
5. Why is touching on occasion inaccurate?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are the three rules created for women, in order to protect society? What are the rules in the strictest society?
2. In Chapter 5, A. Square explains how the Law of Nature provides an alphabet of angles through the birth of irregular angles and shapes. Explain what is done with irregular specimens in Flatland. Be sure to include small angle shapes in your discussion.
3. Explain how sight recognition is used in upper classes, and why such a method cannot be used for the lower class.
4. Based on the end of the Preface, what is the author attempting to say about the ruling class of his time?
5. What is the author's primary defense against the idea that those in Flatland should recognize thickness, and infer a dimension?
6. What happens to aristocratic children who fail exams, and as a result, what does the State feel should happen?
7. What tools do inhabitants use to discern direction in Flatland?
8. In Chapter 1, what does A. Square compare sight in Flatland to in the three dimensional world, Spaceland, and what is the comparison?
9. What is Hoffman's belief about the relatability of the characters in the novel?
10. What is the author's primary defense against the idea that A. Square hates women?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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:
2. The legal system
Essay Topic 3
In the Preface, the author defends his positions that height is immeasurable in Flatland, that his writing of women is just, and that his position on the upper class of Victorian society is valid. Choose one of these positions, and either support or argue against Abbott's positions. Be sure to include both Abbott's original position on the subject, as well as your own analysis of Abbott's position.
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