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 happens to A. Square when he finally tells of his adventures?

2. What prohibits A. Square's student from learning?

3. What is the average perimeter of a circle?

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. 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. 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.

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

4. 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?

5. What situation leads to the taking of A. Square into Spaceland at the end of Chapter 17?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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