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 do circles do to their young?

2. Where does A. Square asked to be taken, after the stranger's explanation of those who believe in the fourth dimension?

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

4. What is the first deed the stranger does to prove his point of third dimensions?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does A. Square's wife do to the Circle at the end of the chapter? Why does she become afraid and embarrassed?

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. Describe the scene between A. Square and his grandson in Chapter 15, and summarize the grandson's argument for a third dimension.

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 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?

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, the idea of individuals using drastic measures to overcome their position in life is presented. Give at least two examples of this in the novel, and discuss in depth the process these individuals endure. Do you think such drastic measures are used in today's society? Do you believe such measures are justified?

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 Flatland, Abbott uses shapes as representations of individuals within his own society. Choose three shapes from Flatland, and discuss how they relate to the true groups such shapes represent. Be sure to include such concepts as class, intellectual pursuit, and power.

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