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 lie that James Taggart tells the Board of Taggert Railroad?
(a) That he foresaw this action, cut the schedule and removed the good equipment from that line.
(b) That the whole thing was Dagny's fault since she wanted the Mexican line.
(c) That Francisco d'Anconia had sold his copper mines to Mexico.
(d) That he would pay for all the company losses out of his own pocket.

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

3. How old was Francisco when he took over d'Anconia Copper Mines?
(a) Sixteen
(b) Twenty-three
(c) Thirty-one
(d) Twenty-seven

4. What did the National Alliance of Railroads pass to eliminate competition?
(a) Every man for himself Rule
(b) Local and Transcontinental Rule
(c) Anti-dog-eat-dog Rule
(d) Anti-cooperation Rule

5. What game does Francisco play with the Mexican government and the American stockholders in the San Sebastian Mines?
(a) He plays a game of marbles on the hotel room floor.
(b) He plays charades but no one can guess his subject.
(c) He plays poker with the Mexican President in a winner-take-all game.
(d) He knows the mines are worthless and wants to watch them go down with their own greed.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the cryptic question that sets the mood of suspense in ATLAS SHRUGGED?

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

3. When Dagny demands to be made Vice President in Charge of Operations, what reason does Jim give her for opposing the idea?

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

5. Atlas is the Greek god who holds the world on his shoulders. In the novel, who is "Atlas"?

(see the answer key)

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