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

2. What does A. Square say about true space?

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

4. What is the final fate for A. Square?

5. Who does A. Square decide is fit for his lesson?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. 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.

5. Describe the Circle Class physically, and in terms of their role in society.

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

In Chapter 9, Abbott discusses the role of women in the near-passage of the Universal Color Bill. Discuss why women wanted the bill to pass, and why they would stand to benefit. Think of an event in history that women helped to shape, and compare the gains of the women in Flatland to the women in your example. Do the women stand to gain in the same ways? Do they differ? How?

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