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. What does the person who Avis sees at her home tell her that he has given up in order to not compromise his ideals?

2. What does Everhard reveal the truth about to Avis in Chapter 4?

3. What happened during Jackson's trial in the name of family security?

4. When the Bishop grows more insistent, what happens in Chapter 6?

5. Where does Jackson live?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Meredith's comments on the Oligarchy.

2. How did Avis submerge her identity?

3. Describe the seamstress.

4. Describe the Oligarchy's intention towards the Grangers.

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

6. Describe Bishop Morehouse's speech.

7. How was the First Revolt supposed to begin?

8. What happened to prevent the rebellion of the First Revolt and stop the revolutionaries?

9. What bribe does Cunningham refuse and what effect does it have on his life?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Iron Heel is particularly effective in conveying meaning through powerful imagery. Powerful imagery to establish connections in the minds of readers with the story's characters and plot. Imagery is the picture we form in our minds of the story we read. It can involve, visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, kinetic and kinesthetic. The author uses these imagery to translate words into a visual story that we can see and participate in within our minds. Describe the use of imagery in this dystopian novel.

Essay Topic 3

Jack London is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphors and irony, briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

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