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 is the result of the lesson?

2. What hinders A. Square's writing?

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

4. What is the primary focus of priests?

5. What changes A. Square's mind about who to educate first?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain A. Square's argument that he is now God, and Sphere's rebuttal in Chapter 18.

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

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

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

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

7. 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.

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

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

10. Explain the only recognition method used in Flatland, and why touch and sight are not used.

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

Compare and contrast the King of Pointland, the King of Lineland, A. Square, and the Sphere, including their general characteristics as well as their overall personalities. What are their similarities? What are their differences?

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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