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 does the small creature of Pointland believe A. Square's voice to be?

2. What is the primary focus of priests?

3. What is A. Square's first question about Spaceland?

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

5. How do the inhabitants of Lineland comprehend distance?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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. Discuss how complacency is viewed by Sphere.

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 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?

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

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

10. 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.

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

List and describe the three dimensions discussed in the novel. Be sure to include as many details about each as possible.

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