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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. Why does A. Square believe his sons will not understand?
2. What hinders A. Square's writing?
3. What do circles do to their young?
4. What does the small creature of Pointland believe A. Square's voice to be?
5. What was A. Square's grandson's reward for his work with sight recognition?
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain the primary focus of Circles in Chapter 12, and the reasoning behind that focus.
2. What situation leads to the taking of A. Square into Spaceland at the end of Chapter 17?
3. What method does A. Square next attempt to use to describe the Fourth Dimension? Why does he find it difficult?
4. Explain A. Square's login that a Fourth dimension must exist.
5. What does A. Square feel is improper regarding the relationship between Circles and Women, and concerning the relationship between men and women in general?
6. Discuss how complacency is viewed by Sphere.
7. What does A. Square's wife do to the Circle at the end of the chapter? Why does she become afraid and embarrassed?
8. Describe the Circle Class physically, and in terms of their role in society.
9. What does the grandson hear outside the window in Chapter 21? Why does he become afraid? What does this fear cause him to reject?
10. Explain A. Square's argument that he is now God, and Sphere's rebuttal in Chapter 18.
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
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 3
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?
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