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. For how many months is Avis imprisoned without charge in Chapter 17?

2. Who offers a bribe in Chapter 11?

3. Who begins to speak derisively of the Oligarchy at the event in Chapter 17?

4. What do the abandoned proletariat wait for in Chapter 15?

5. Who is the condemned criminal that actually committed the crime in Chapter 17?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the truth about the bombing ultimately discovered?

2. Describe what happened to Avis after the bombing.

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

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

5. How was the First Revolt supposed to begin?

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

7. Describe the seamstress.

8. What happened to Bishop Morehouse when he began to preach again?

9. Describe the development of Avis and Everhard's relationship.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Iron Heel is particularly effective in conveying meaning through powerful imagery. Powerful imagery to establish connections in the minds of readers with the story's characters and plot. Imagery is the picture we form in our minds of the story we read. It can involve, visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, kinetic and kinesthetic. The author uses these imagery to translate words into a visual story that we can see and participate in within our minds. Describe the use of imagery in this dystopian novel.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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