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. The first law for women is;

3. What shape are the middle class members?

4. Who was the first person to invent color?

5. How many points are on a compass in Flatland?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What example does A. Square use to show his reasoning behind the need for regularity of shape?

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

8. What is Hoffman's belief about the relatability of the characters in the novel?

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

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 18, Sphere and A. Square discuss A. Square's belief that the ability to see everything makes one a God. Explain A. Square's argument, and Sphere's comments. Which do you agree with, and why? What other qualities do you believe a God must have? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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