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 Everhard say revolutionaries will be willing to do in Chapter 5?

2. What does Meredith say in a footnote that there are several of in the world?

3. What does Avis call Everhard?

4. What are the forces against which London struggled as an individual and against which the revolutionaries struggle in his book?

5. Who does the group that Everhard speak to in Chapter 4 comprise?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Avis call Everhard an eagle?

2. Describe Everhard's reasons for not having a family.

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

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

5. What tension did London experience in his own life that is reflected in the Iron Heel?

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

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

8. Why does Wickhard offer Everhard a job?

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

10. Describe Everhard's speech to the Philomaths.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Avis and Everhard are two of the most active characters.

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 Avis had a direct influence upon? What are some events that Everhard had a direct influence upon?

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

Essay Topic 2

Iron Heel is a classic dystopian novel. What does that classification entail? Why does this novel fit into this category? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Politics are also referred to in the book. London refers to the politics of the society of Iron Heel compared to that of Americans of his time (1900s.) Discuss the use of politics in the novel. Do you think politics are an important part of the book? Explain. How else could London incorporate politics into the book? Also examine the use of politics in relationships.

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