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. Where is Everhard sent to prison in Chapter 17?

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

3. What is impassive and deliberate according to Avis, taking its revenge on the revolutionists in Chapter 25?

4. What does Everhard believe will continue to fester and rot despite the art created by the Oligarchy in Chapter 14?

5. Who ironically owns the area that Avis takes refuge in in Chapter 18?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the effect Cunningham's book has on socialist publications and the revolution.

4. Describe the effect of the workers' strike.

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

6. Describe what happened to Avis after the bombing.

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

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

9. Describe what happened to the cave in the future and its importance in the story of Avis and Everhard.

10. Describe the Bishop's new occupation and the reasons for doing so.

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

Politics are also referred to in the book. London refers to the politics of the society of Iron Heel compared to that of Americans of his time (1900s.) Discuss the use of politics in the novel. Do you think politics are an important part of the book? Explain. How else could London incorporate politics into the book? Also examine the use of politics in relationships.

Essay Topic 3

Love is a recurring theme in Iron Heel. How does Avis's feelings about love change from the beginning of the novel to its end? In what ways has she expanded her awareness and beliefs? Is sexuality connected to love for Avis? How does her feelings for Everhard develop and change and how does her relationship with him contrast with that of other men that she has had romantic or an idealized relationship with? Describe.

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