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 did London profit from according to the contemporary author in his Introduction?

2. In socialist theory and practice, who were entitled to more than what they were given in wages?

3. Who made their money off of the workers?

4. What leadership does Avis admire about Everhard?

5. What does Everhard say revolutionaries will be willing to do in Chapter 5?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the comparison that Everhard makes of small business owners to machine breakers and why?

3. Describe Bishop Morehouse's speech.

4. Describe the essential conflict of the Iron Heel.

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

6. Describe Everhard's speech to the Philomaths.

7. Describe Meredith's comments on the Oligarchy.

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

9. Describe Jackson.

10. Why does Wickhard offer Everhard a job?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the Iron Heel practice of gaining power through money and violence. How does this contrast with the Socialist rise to ascendancy? Which group is more committed to success if any? Which group is more ethical and how so? Which group ultimately wins the popular vote and why? Describe.

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

The author uses more than one iteration on the motif of socialism. Identify at least two motifs about socialism and workers' rights in the book. Then cite an example to support each answer.

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