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 believed to cause deviance?

2. How does marriage occur in Lineland?

3. Who does A. Square decide is fit for his lesson?

4. How does A. Square next attempt to explain the third dimension?

5. In Spaceland, what is valued highest: intellect, emotion, money, or faith?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

2. How does the Circle attempt to prove in Chapter 17 to A. Square he is telling the truth? Why is this nearly convincing?

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

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

5. Describe what happens that leads to the imprisonment of A. Square.

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. Why does A. Square attack the Circle at the end of Chapter 16? Who does A. Square remind you of at this point, and why?

8. Summarize the scene A. Square sees at the General Assembly Hall of the States of Flatland, and what Sphere does at the end of Chapter 18.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

In the book, there are several methods of recognition discussed including sound, sight, and feel. Compare the methods explained in the book to our own methods using the same senses. How are they the same? How do they differ? If you were to lose two of these senses, do you think the remaining one would be accurate 100 percent of the time?

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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