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 is the final fate for A. Square?

3. How is the regularity of women monitored?

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

5. Why does A. Square become saddened?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

5. Describe the evolution of Circles, and be sure to include both natural evolution and artificial evolution.

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

7. Discuss how complacency is viewed by Sphere.

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

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

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

Several individuals in the novel resort to violence in response to new ideas given by other individuals. Explain two of these situations. Why do you think these characters resorted to violence? Do you think people in our world resort to violence in the face of change? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Circles in Flatland strive to achieve a higher shape, and thereby a higher position in society. Explain three ways Circles attempt to improve their shape. What do these changes symbolize in the real world? Do you believe that attaining a higher status in life should be a primary goal? If so, why? If not, what should be a primary goal?

Essay Topic 3

Fear is a vital theme throughout Flatland, as it is used for a variety of purposes. Choose one of the following situations, and explain how fear is used to control the population. Do you believe this power was abused, or used for a just cause? Do you think fear is still used to control populations? Is this a just method of control? Why or why not?

1. The final meeting of the community to pass or deny the Universal Color Bill

2. The proclamation by the Circles at the end of the novel, in terms of those discussing a third dimension

3. The threat of death for irregular shapes

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