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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. How long did the color movement continue?

2. In what year was Flatland written?

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

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

5. What did Pantocyclus tell the workmen they would have to accept?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Explain A. Square's argument that he is now God, and Sphere's rebuttal in Chapter 18.

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

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

7. Describe what happens that leads to the imprisonment of A. Square.

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

9. Explain why Hoffman believes Abbott was afraid the writing of the book may tarnish his other writings.

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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