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. In her remembrances, who does Avis think and write about that were sympathizers to her cause in Chapter 20?

2. What event is shrouded in mystery for seven centuries that is mentioned in the last section of the book?

3. What is the next uprising that Everhard is planning called in Chapter 25?

4. What organizations have loyal revolutionists willing to participate at any cost in Chapter 22?

5. Who makes a speech in defense of a bill in Chapter 17?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the effect Cunningham's book has on socialist publications and the revolution.

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

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

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

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

6. How does Avis' perspective become distant and objective during the conflict in the city?

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

8. Describe the seamstress.

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

Describe some of the settings for Iron Heel. What is the overall setting? Be sure to include geography, time period and any pertinent popular culture events. Why did the author choose to use these places in Iron Heel?

Essay Topic 2

London espouses a radical approach to work and employment that would alter the structure of society. He describes the worker in Iron Heel as a proletariat like Marxian philosophy who is rebelling against the Oligarchy. Describe the worker in Iron Heel. Do you think this is realistic and characteristic of today? Do you think the issues that London discusses are still relevant today and if so, in what ways? Discuss and describe.

Essay Topic 3

Describe Mr. Wickson. What is his role in the story? What was the author trying to accomplish by creating the Wickon's character in the novel?

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