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 branch of the Oligarchy also has loyal revolutionists in Chapter 22?

2. What is untouched and unharmed that belonged to the Oligarchs during the rampage in Chapter 24?

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

4. Who does Everhard talk to when he contemplates how the Oligarchy will reassert control over the country in Chapter 14?

5. Where does Avis take refuge in Chapter 18?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe what happened to Avis after the bombing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the concept of loneliness as it exhibits in the story. Which of the characters are lonely? Are they all lonely in some way? Explain the loneliness and the methods and attempts to overcome it.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the Iron Heel practice of gaining power through money and violence. How does this contrast with the Socialist rise to ascendancy? Which group is more committed to success if any? Which group is more ethical and how so? Which group ultimately wins the popular vote and why? Describe.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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