Flatland Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the stranger show A. Square first?

2. How does the stranger defend his idea that omnipotence is not a quality of Gods?

3. What happens as the race of circles climbs higher in development?

4. What does A. Square ask for that he cannot be shown?

5. What is the primary focus of priests?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 18, Sphere and A. Square discuss A. Square's belief that the ability to see everything makes one a God. Explain A. Square's argument, and Sphere's comments. Which do you agree with, and why? What other qualities do you believe a God must have? Why?

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