Atlas Shrugged Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part 1, Chapter 5 "The Climax of the D'Anconias".

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is "the chain"?
(a) The weakest link in Rearden's new metal.
(b) A bracelet made from the first pouring of Rearden metal.
(c) The imprisonment of Hank's family.
(d) A means of restraining railroad workers.

2. What does "the chain" represent to Henry Rearden?
(a) All his accomplishments after years of hard work.
(b) The demands made on him by an ungrateful family.
(c) The close link he has to his mother.
(d) The only thing that will ever come of Rearden metal.

3. Why does Phillip want cash instead of a check for Rearden's contribution to Friends of Global Progress?
(a) Friends for Global Progress does not accept checks.
(b) He wants to pocket half of the cash.
(c) He doesn't want them to know that the money came from his capitalist brother.
(d) He thinks Rearden's check is no good.

4. What is Ayn Rand's objection to majority rule as put forth by the National Alliance of Railroads?
(a) It does not go far enough to protect everyone.
(b) It can be used to stifle competition, capitalism, and individualism.
(c) It puts decision making in the hands of uneducted people.
(d) It is not a true socialist idea.

5. What decision does Dagny make when she is nine years old?
(a) To marry Eddie Willers.
(b) To study in Paris.
(c) To run Taggart Rail Lines.
(d) To become a fashion model.

Short Answer Questions

1. What news does James Taggart receive that Dagny had predicted?

2. What game does Francisco play with the Mexican government and the American stockholders in the San Sebastian Mines?

3. How does Rand indicate that Wesley Mouch, Rearden's Washington lobbyist, may not be working in Rearden's interest?

4. How does Lillian describe the bracelet?

5. At home and in despair, what music is Dagny listening to when she puts down her head and cries?

(see the answer key)

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