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. Who becomes a spy and vaporizes a prison in Chapter 20?

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. In whose arms does Everhard seek comfort in in Chapter 15?

4. Who are the people of the abyss in Chapter 24?

5. Despite running through murderous mobs, taking refuge under piles of dead bodies, and coming near to death herself, what does Avis feel she can do in Chapter 24?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the conflict of the people of the abyss.

3. What bribe does Cunningham refuse and what effect does it have on his life?

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

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

6. Describe the effect of the workers' strike.

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

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

9. Describe what happened when Everhard was giving a speech in defense of a bill attended by many soldiers in scarlet livery.

10. How did Avis submerge her identity?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Explain the significance of the novel's title. What did the author mean by calling the book Iron Heel? Cite an example to support your answer.

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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