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 could be fired for challenging the opinion or story of a newspaper's corporate owners?

2. Who does Everhard speak to in Chapter 4?

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

4. Who does Everhard question that the intellectual class really supports?

5. What does Avis say that her life, along with Everhard and others gets sucked into in Chapter 9?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Iron Heel reveal about workers according to Franklin?

2. Why does Wickhard offer Everhard a job?

3. Describe Meredith's comments on the Oligarchy.

4. Describe Avis' actions to uncover the truth about Jackson.

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

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

7. Describe the impending conflict Avis begins to experience in Chapter 6.

8. Describe Avis' interaction with the company lawyer.

9. Describe the Philomaths.

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

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

The author uses more than one iteration on the motif of socialism. Identify at least two motifs about socialism and workers' rights in the book. Then cite an example to support each answer.

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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