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. How did the Legislature finally stop individuals from trying to find the source of light in Flatland?

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

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

4. What is the Law of Nature?

5. Because of their education, what method of recognition is considered a serious offense?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Summarize A. Square's explanation of Flatland.

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

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

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

6. Explain how sound is used to recognize lower shape classes, and why such a method cannot be used by the upper class.

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout Flatland, there are several examples of biases within the legal system, such as the killing of policemen witnessing the arrival of the Sphere while the higher class Squares are imprisoned. Discuss at least two examples of such biases. What do you think Abbott was trying to say about the relationship between class and justice? Do you believe his points are still valid today? Why or why not? Be sure to support your answer with both concepts from the book and your own experiences.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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