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 first objection?

2. What does the author tell the reader to do to mimic Flatland?

3. How can inhabitants conceive of angles?

4. What can men do when women are in their apartments?

5. What shape are the middle class members?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the author's primary defense against the idea that A. Square hates women?

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

4. In Chapter 1, what does A. Square compare sight in Flatland to in the three dimensional world, Spaceland, and what is the comparison?

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

6. Explain the use of color in the military of Flatland.

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

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

9. Name some features of the houses of Flatland.

10. How is the temper of women useful in ridding society of the most brutal of the Isosceles class?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Flatland, only the upper class have rights to certain privileges. Discuss at least two examples of such privileges. Do you think the upper class in modern society has more privileges than the lower classes? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the King of Pointland, the King of Lineland, A. Square, and the Sphere, including their general characteristics as well as their overall personalities. What are their similarities? What are their differences?

Essay Topic 3

In Flatland, children are often punished as a result of their parent's wishes. Choose one of the following, and discuss what happens to these children in the novel. Is such treatment justified? Why or why not? Does modern society punish the children as a result of parental wishes? How?

1.) Young shapes are surgically altered to create more sides.

2.) Children who fail exams are shunned in society.

3.) Irregular children are used as specimens in schools.

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