The Iron Heel Test | Mid-Book 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. Who does Everhard challenge to investigate the case of the armless peddler?

2. Who is the only person that succeeds in arguing against Everhard in Chapter 4?

3. Who does Avis believe that everyone involved in the Jackson case is bound to?

4. Against what did London's socialist ideals exert tension or experience conflict with?

5. What is the nickname that Everhard gives to the intellectual class?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Meredith say that the manuscript cannot be taken fully seriously?

2. Why is Bishop Morehouse becoming a martyr of sorts?

3. What does Everhard argue effectively about at the dinner party?

4. Why does Avis call Everhard an eagle?

5. Describe Everhard's argument that causes the Bishop to protest.

6. Describe Jackson.

7. Describe Cunningham.

8. Describe Bishop Morehouse's speech.

9. Describe Avis in relationship to the manuscript's creation and storage.

10. Describe Meredith's comments on the Oligarchy.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

Essay Topic 2

Describe Mr. Wickson. What is his role in the story? What was the author trying to accomplish by creating the Wickon's character in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

London espouses a radical approach to work and employment that would alter the structure of society. He describes the worker in Iron Heel as a proletariat like Marxian philosophy who is rebelling against the Oligarchy. Describe the worker in Iron Heel. Do you think this is realistic and characteristic of today? Do you think the issues that London discusses are still relevant today and if so, in what ways? Discuss and describe.

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