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. Where does A. Square asked to be taken, after the stranger's explanation of those who believe in the fourth dimension?

2. Where does A. Square travel in his dream?

3. What hinders A. Square's writing?

4. What is the primary focus of priests?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does A. Square feel is improper regarding the relationship between Circles and Women, and concerning the relationship between men and women in general?

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

9. Explain A. Square's login that a Fourth dimension must exist.

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 Flatland, Abbott uses shapes as representations of individuals within his own society. Choose three shapes from Flatland, and discuss how they relate to the true groups such shapes represent. Be sure to include such concepts as class, intellectual pursuit, and power.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the King of Pointland, the King of Lineland, A. Square, and the Sphere, including their general characteristics as well as their overall personalities. What are their similarities? What are their differences?

Essay Topic 3

Circles in Flatland strive to achieve a higher shape, and thereby a higher position in society. Explain three ways Circles attempt to improve their shape. What do these changes symbolize in the real world? Do you believe that attaining a higher status in life should be a primary goal? If so, why? If not, what should be a primary goal?

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