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. To whom did Avis create the manuscript in tribute of?

2. In what sectors is the group that Everhard speaks to in Chapter 4 leaders in?

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

4. The tension between what two opposing interests is the driving force behind the plot of the Iron Heel?

5. Who was Avis surprised to see at one of her father's social events?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Cunningham.

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

3. Describe Everhard's speech to the Philomaths.

4. Describe Mr. Wickhard's argument and why Everhard agrees with him.

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

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

7. Describe Everhard's effect on Avis.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Describe the concept of capitalism as it is portrayed in the Iron Heel. What aspects of the capitalistic society envisioned by Jack London seem apparent today and what do not? How does the conflict in ideologies between capitalism and socialism that London describes seem evident in today's society in America? Describe.

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