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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. Why does the author call the land he writes about Flatland?

2. What happens to Equilateral children of Isosceles Triangles?

3. What happens to a line as it gets further away in Flatland?

4. What does Hoffman say about the characters of Flatland?

5. What allows this method to be possible?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the basic process of evolution, as described in Chapter 3.

2. Name some features of the houses of Flatland.

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

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

5. What are the three rules created for women, in order to protect society? What are the rules in the strictest society?

6. What happens to aristocratic children who fail exams, and as a result, what does the State feel should happen?

7. What does Hoffman mean when he calls the novel timeless in the Introduction?

8. What happens to irregular figures? Be sure to discuss all irregulars, including those with highly irregular figures.

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

10. Explain the shape of workmen and soldiers, women, the middle class, the professionals, and noblemen, or priests.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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:

1. Education

2. The legal system

3. Marriage

4. War

Essay Topic 3

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?

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