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 leadership does Avis admire about Everhard?

2. What are the two circumstances of time in discussion in the Iron Heel?

3. What does Everhard say that the journalists will say about the Bishop in Chapter 6?

4. What happened during Jackson's trial in the name of family security?

5. What did the intellectual class love to hear the sound of in Chapter 1 according to Avis?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Avis call Everhard an eagle?

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

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

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

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

8. Describe Meredith's comments on the Oligarchy.

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

10. Why does Wickhard offer Everhard a job?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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