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 recognition method is used as a teaching tool by the stranger?

2. What does A. Square fear about this lack of training?

3. What hinders A. Square's writing?

4. What does A. Square do at the end of the chapter?

5. What begins at the end of the chapter?

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

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

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

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. 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.

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

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

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

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 the book, there are several methods of recognition discussed including sound, sight, and feel. Compare the methods explained in the book to our own methods using the same senses. How are they the same? How do they differ? If you were to lose two of these senses, do you think the remaining one would be accurate 100 percent of the time?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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