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 protests the treatment of workers at the risk of being discharged?

2. What does the Iron Heel also discuss as a method of self-preservation?

3. What happens to Avis because of her association with Everhard in Chapter 5?

4. What is the term that Avis gives to the sense of impending conflict in Chapter 5?

5. Against what is it necessary to have strength to prevent it from grinding "us down and walk[ing] upon our faces - from coming true?"

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the men in the room at Avis' father's dinner party apart from Everhard.

2. Describe the essential conflict of the Iron Heel.

3. Describe Everhard's effect on Avis.

4. Describe Avis' interaction with the company lawyer.

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

6. Describe Cunningham.

7. Why is it important to be vigilant in society in the Introduction?

8. Describe the journalist's interaction with Avis about the Jackson case.

9. Describe Jackson.

10. What does the contemporary author H. Bruce Franklin describe about London?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the significance of the novel's title. What did the author mean by calling the book Iron Heel? Cite an example to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Dr. Cunningham and the Bishop are two important characters that interact and experience significant suffering.

Part 1) What is their relationship? How do they co-exist and how do they interact? What is similar about them and what is different?

Part 2) What are some events that Dr. Cunningham had a direct influence upon? What are some events that Bishop had a direct influence upon?

Part 3) Which character offers support to the group? Which one is stronger and why? What happens to each character?

Essay Topic 3

Iron Heel is written primarily in the first-person point of view of Avis. Is this point of view more or less effective than telling the story from the third-persona and omniscient perspective? Explain.

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