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 circumstances in London's life that gave rise to his creation of the book?

2. Who does Dr. Cunningham prod to speak at the dinner event at his house?

3. In socialist theory and practice, who were entitled to more than what they were given in wages?

4. What did Everhard elaborate on the relationship between?

5. Who is being treated as a martyr because of sympathy for the poor in Chapter 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the comparison that Everhard makes of small business owners to machine breakers and why?

2. Describe the Philomaths.

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

4. Describe Jackson.

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

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

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

8. Describe Avis' ongoing investigation of Jackson's life circumstances.

9. Describe the essential conflict of the Iron Heel.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses more than one iteration on the motif of life-death-life. Identify at least two motifs about life-death-life in Iron Heel. Then cite an example to support each answer.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the role of women in America in the time period of the Iron Heel when the women like Avis in the stories are living their lives. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms did they have that women of our society today do not have?

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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