Flatland Test | 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. What is the editor's defense of the second objection?

2. How was the bill going to destroy the aristocracy?

3. Why were women in support of the bill?

4. From which direction do women enter houses?

5. What is the second means of recognition in Flatland?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened when the Circles regained power following defeat of the color bill? Please be specific.

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

3. What appears to be the reasoning behind the need for the preface of this novel?

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

5. What were the events surrounding the spread of desire to color Flatland, and how long did almost complete colorization take?

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

7. How does A. Square explain the lack of ability to discern changes in retraction or projection in Chapter 1?

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

9. What occurs in society as a result of the Color Revolt?

10. Explain the overall shape of a woman in Flatland, and why such a shape is detrimental?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

In Chapter 7, A. Square explains what happens to individuals who are shaped irregularly. Discuss the consequences of irregularity in Flatland. Does our society have similar punishments for those who deviate from the norm? Explain your answer by discussing a particular group of individuals who deviate from the norm, and how they are treated by society. Do you believe such treatment is just, or wrong? Why?

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