The Iron Heel Test | Final 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 are the two lives that Avis has lived in Chapter 19?

2. Who does Everhard comment is getting bolder in Chapter 10?

3. What does Avis see rising "more ominously in the heavens" as she and a fellow agent move further into the city in Chapter 24?

4. In her remembrances, who does Avis think and write about that were sympathizers to her cause in Chapter 20?

5. After the mass escape of jailed socialists, who is Avis reunited with in Chapter 20?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Avis witness in the city that alarms her?

2. Describe how the bomb is thrown in front of Congress.

3. Describe what happens to Avis and Everhard in the end of the novel.

4. Describe the Oligarchy's intention towards the Grangers.

5. What is ironic about Avis' new dwelling after the riots?

6. What happened to prevent the rebellion of the First Revolt and stop the revolutionaries?

7. Describe the Oligarchy's control of the unions in the United States.

8. Why was Everhard and others sent to prison or executed?

9. Describe the appeal of Biblical faith and prophecy to many of the abandoned proletariat.

10. Describe Wickson's son.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of women in America in the time period of the Iron Heel when the women like Avis in the stories are living their lives. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms did they have that women of our society today do not have?

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

Dr. Cunningham and the Bishop are two important characters that interact and experience significant suffering.

Part 1) What is their relationship? How do they co-exist and how do they interact? What is similar about them and what is different?

Part 2) What are some events that Dr. Cunningham had a direct influence upon? What are some events that Bishop had a direct influence upon?

Part 3) Which character offers support to the group? Which one is stronger and why? What happens to each character?

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