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 fear does the stranger have as A. Square calls for help?

2. Why does A. Square believe his sons will not understand?

3. How is the regularity of women monitored?

4. What is the third deed the stranger does to prove his point of third dimensions?

5. What does A. Square ask for that he cannot be shown?

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

3. Discuss how complacency is viewed by Sphere.

4. 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.

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. Explain how the inhabitant of Pointland views his world.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 18, Sphere and A. Square discuss A. Square's belief that the ability to see everything makes one a God. Explain A. Square's argument, and Sphere's comments. Which do you agree with, and why? What other qualities do you believe a God must have? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Class clearly plays an important role in the novel, both in terms of the storyline and in terms of Abbott's use of symbolism to represent Victorian society. Discuss, in detail, Abbott's overall point about the class structure of society, and it's impact on each of the following:

1. Education

2. The legal system

3. Marriage

4. War

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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