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 dimension does the stranger attempt to explain?

2. What shape does the stranger use to teach about solids?

3. At the end of the chapter, what does A. Square hear that the Council does to individuals who speak of the Third dimension?

4. Why does A. Square believe his sons will not understand?

5. What does the stranger say about the fourth dimension?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What method does A. Square next attempt to use to describe the Fourth Dimension? Why does he find it difficult?

3. 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.

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. Why does the Sphere throw A. Square from Spaceland at the end of Chapter 19? Who does Sphere remind you of at this point, and why?

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

7. 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.

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

9. Discuss how complacency is viewed by Sphere.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Flatland, there are several Laws of Nature discussed that serve to keep the Circles in power. Choose one of these laws, and explain it in depth. Does such a law of nature truly exist in the world? What do you believe Abbott was trying to say by introducing this law?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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