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 are women not taught to do?

2. How many inhabitants are there of Pointland?

3. What begins at the end of the chapter?

4. What does the stranger threaten he will do if A. Square does not let go?

5. What is A. Square's first impression of Spaceland.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Discuss how complacency is viewed by Sphere.

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. 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?

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

6. Explain A. Square's login that a Fourth dimension must exist.

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. Why does A. Square attack the Circle at the end of Chapter 16? Who does A. Square remind you of at this point, and why?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the Preface, the author defends his positions that height is immeasurable in Flatland, that his writing of women is just, and that his position on the upper class of Victorian society is valid. Choose one of these positions, and either support or argue against Abbott's positions. Be sure to include both Abbott's original position on the subject, as well as your own analysis of Abbott's position.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Throughout the novel, Circles use their power to control the lower classes. Discuss at least three examples of this abuse of power. What do you think Abbott was attempting to say about the aristocratic powers of his own time?

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