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 dimension does the stranger attempt to explain?

2. What fear does the stranger have as A. Square calls for help?

3. What is the first deed the stranger does to prove his point of third dimensions?

4. What does A. Square believe the straight lines in his dream to be?

5. Why does A. Square become saddened?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why A. Square had to be sure to be in a certain position in order to speak to the King of Lineland. What would the King have experienced if A. Square had not done this?

2. Explain the only recognition method used in Flatland, and why touch and sight are not used.

3. 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?

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

5. Describe the Circle Class physically, and in terms of their role in society.

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. Explain why A. Square chooses his grandson to be the student for his lesson about the Fourth Dimension, and why he doesn't choose another student.

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

9. Explain how the inhabitant of Pointland views his world.

10. What does A. Square's wife do to the Circle at the end of the chapter? Why does she become afraid and embarrassed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Class clearly plays an important role in the novel, both in terms of the storyline and in terms of Abbott's use of symbolism to represent Victorian society. Discuss, in detail, Abbott's overall point about the class structure of society, and it's impact on each of the following:

1. Education

2. The legal system

3. Marriage

4. War

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

In Flatland, Abbott uses shapes as representations of individuals within his own society. Choose three shapes from Flatland, and discuss how they relate to the true groups such shapes represent. Be sure to include such concepts as class, intellectual pursuit, and power.

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