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 makes clandestine plans with prison guards while Avis was in prison in Chapter 18?

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

3. What group instigates the riots in Chapter 20?

4. What is the person who humbly ministers the poor call his or her work terrified of in Chapter 12?

5. Whose body does Avis see with Everhard as they try to leave Chicago in Chapter 25?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the Fighting Groups.

3. Describe what happened to Avis after the bombing.

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

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

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

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

8. Describe Avis' remembrance of Jackson and the people affected by his case.

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

10. Describe the Grangers.

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

Iron Heel is a classic dystopian novel. What does that classification entail? Why does this novel fit into this category? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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