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 protests the treatment of workers at the risk of being discharged?

2. Who was out of place from the beginning of the dinner event described in Chapter 1?

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

4. What does Meredith say in a footnote that there are several of in the world?

5. Who does Everhard speak to in Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the essential conflict of the Iron Heel.

4. Describe the Philomaths.

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

6. Describe Meredith's comments on the Oligarchy.

7. Describe Bishop Morehouse's speech.

8. Describe Everhard's speech to the Philomaths.

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

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

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

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 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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