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 challenge her to look into?

2. Who manipulated the trial in favor of the company instead of Jackson?

3. Who does Dr. Cunningham invite to his dinner in Chapter 7?

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

5. After the failure of what did idealism suffer damage according to Meredith?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Everhard's effect on Avis.

2. Describe Everhard's speech to the Philomaths.

3. Describe Cunningham.

4. What does Everhard predict about the Bishop that comes true?

5. What is the two-tiered future described 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. Describe Mr. Wickhard's argument and why Everhard agrees with him.

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

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

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

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 3

One of the main themes in the book is ethical and social responsibility. List at least four examples where the author employs this specific theme. Is the battle between making ethical choices obvious or subtle? What characters are involved in this kind of battle? Do you think the right person or group won? Does good always triumph over evil in the case of Iron Heel ethics? Explain.

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