Flatland Test | Final 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 result of the lesson?

2. How does the stranger defend his idea that omnipotence is not a quality of Gods?

3. What does the Sphere point out about being self-content?

4. What does the stranger say about the fourth dimension?

5. How does A. Square attempt to prove he can see in Lineland?

Short Essay Questions

1. The Circle attempts to use an analogy to explain three dimensional space to A. Square in Chapter 16. Summarize this analogy.

2. Describe the scene between A. Square and his grandson in Chapter 15, and summarize the grandson's argument for a third dimension.

3. What does A. Square feel is improper regarding the relationship between Circles and Women, and concerning the relationship between men and women in general?

4. What methods does A. Square use to attempt to explain two dimensional space? Summarize the information he explains to the King.

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

6. What does the grandson hear outside the window in Chapter 21? Why does he become afraid? What does this fear cause him to reject?

7. What method does A. Square next attempt to use to describe the Fourth Dimension? Why does he find it difficult?

8. Explain the primary focus of Circles in Chapter 12, and the reasoning behind that focus.

9. Why does the Sphere throw A. Square from Spaceland at the end of Chapter 19? Who does Sphere remind you of at this point, and why?

10. Explain the shapes of Lineland in Chapter 13, and their existence in terms of movement and marriage.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the Preface, the author defends his positions that height is immeasurable in Flatland, that his writing of women is just, and that his position on the upper class of Victorian society is valid. Choose one of these positions, and either support or argue against Abbott's positions. Be sure to include both Abbott's original position on the subject, as well as your own analysis of Abbott's position.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the evolutionary process in Flatland, as explained in Chapter 3. Be sure to include not only the basics given, but also specific information about lower class individuals, Equilateral triangles, and Circles. Compare this evolutionary process to that of humans.

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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