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 Sphere point out about being self-content?

2. What do those in power actually do?

3. What does the wife originally believe the shape that appears in the house is?

4. Why does A. Square become saddened?

5. What does A. Square's wife yell at A. Square for in this chapter?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Explain the shapes of Lineland in Chapter 13, and their existence in terms of movement and marriage.

5. Discuss how complacency is viewed by Sphere.

6. 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?

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

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

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 Flatland, only the upper class have rights to certain privileges. Discuss at least two examples of such privileges. Do you think the upper class in modern society has more privileges than the lower classes? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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

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