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 does Avis find that she falls in love with?

2. Who was the scientist responsible for many of the society-defining discoveries of the era?

3. Who does Avis believe that she will marry by Chapter 4?

4. Where does Jackson live?

5. Who does Avis believe that everyone involved in the Jackson case is bound to?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Meredith's comments on the Oligarchy.

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

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

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

5. Describe Everhard's effect on Avis.

6. Describe Avis' interaction with the company lawyer.

7. Describe Jackson.

8. What does Everhard argue effectively about at the dinner party?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Love is a recurring theme in Iron Heel. How does Avis's feelings about love change from the beginning of the novel to its end? In what ways has she expanded her awareness and beliefs? Is sexuality connected to love for Avis? How does her feelings for Everhard develop and change and how does her relationship with him contrast with that of other men that she has had romantic or an idealized relationship with? Describe.

Essay Topic 2

Describe some of the settings for Iron Heel. What is the overall setting? Be sure to include geography, time period and any pertinent popular culture events. Why did the author choose to use these places in Iron Heel?

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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