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 does Avis become a partner to in life and work through attention and support in Chapter 11?

2. Who do the socialists drive out of power in Chapter 14?

3. What does Everhard's partners hope that the conflict in the Congressional elections would come to in Chapter 11?

4. What are the two lives that Avis has lived in Chapter 19?

5. Who does Avis say unequivocally as not having anything to do with the the scary event at the speech in Chapter 17?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the Fighting Groups.

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

5. Describe what happened to Avis after the bombing.

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

7. Describe the three oligarchies Avis says were created through the favored unions.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Iron Heel is written primarily in the first-person point of view of Avis. Is this point of view more or less effective than telling the story from the third-persona and omniscient perspective? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

The author uses more than one iteration on the motif of life-death-life. Identify at least two motifs about life-death-life in Iron Heel. Then cite an example to support each answer.

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