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 is the economic and philosophic theory that humanity should work together for the good of all humanity?

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

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

4. What was the group that attends Dr. Cunningham's dinner angry at in Chapter 7?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Everhard's speech to the Philomaths.

4. What is the two-tiered future described in the Iron Heel?

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

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

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

8. Describe the essential conflict of the Iron Heel.

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

10. Describe Everhard's effect on Avis.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Iron Heel is particularly effective in conveying meaning through powerful imagery. Powerful imagery to establish connections in the minds of readers with the story's characters and plot. Imagery is the picture we form in our minds of the story we read. It can involve, visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, kinetic and kinesthetic. The author uses these imagery to translate words into a visual story that we can see and participate in within our minds. Describe the use of imagery in this dystopian novel.

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