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 prohibits A. Square's student from learning?

2. What is a circle in Flatland?

3. What do those in power actually do?

4. What does the Sphere admit at the end of the chapter?

5. How is the regularity of women monitored?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Discuss how complacency is viewed by Sphere.

5. The Circle attempts to use an analogy to explain three dimensional space to A. Square in Chapter 16. Summarize this analogy.

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

7. Explain why A. Square chooses his grandson to be the student for his lesson about the Fourth Dimension, and why he doesn't choose another student.

8. 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?

9. Describe what happens that leads to the imprisonment of A. Square.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 7, A. Square explains what happens to individuals who are shaped irregularly. Discuss the consequences of irregularity in Flatland. Does our society have similar punishments for those who deviate from the norm? Explain your answer by discussing a particular group of individuals who deviate from the norm, and how they are treated by society. Do you believe such treatment is just, or wrong? Why?

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

Throughout the novel, Circles use their power to control the lower classes. Discuss at least three examples of this abuse of power. What do you think Abbott was attempting to say about the aristocratic powers of his own time?

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