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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. Who controls Flatland?
2. What does A. Square tell his wife has happened?
3. What does A. Square say about true space?
4. What does the stranger threaten he will do if A. Square does not let go?
5. What directions are A. Square unable to grasp?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
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. The Circle attempts to use an analogy to explain three dimensional space to A. Square in Chapter 16. Summarize this analogy.
4. What situation leads to the taking of A. Square into Spaceland at the end of Chapter 17?
5. Explain A. Square's argument that he is now God, and Sphere's rebuttal in Chapter 18.
6. Explain the shapes of Lineland in Chapter 13, and their existence in terms of movement and marriage.
7. What does A. Square feel is improper regarding the relationship between Circles and Women, and concerning the relationship between men and women in general?
8. Describe the Circle Class physically, and in terms of their role in society.
9. 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?
10. Describe the scene between A. Square and his grandson in Chapter 15, and summarize the grandson's argument for a third dimension.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In Flatland, children are often punished as a result of their parent's wishes. Choose one of the following, and discuss what happens to these children in the novel. Is such treatment justified? Why or why not? Does modern society punish the children as a result of parental wishes? How?
1.) Young shapes are surgically altered to create more sides.
2.) Children who fail exams are shunned in society.
3.) Irregular children are used as specimens in schools.
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
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.
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