Atlas Shrugged Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part 1, Chapter 7 "The Exploiters and the Exploited".

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is almost single handedly responsible for opening up trade in Colorado?
(a) Jim Taggart
(b) Ellis Wyatt
(c) Paul Larkin
(d) Hank Rearden

2. Who offers to help Dagny solve the problem of the rotting wooden bridge on her Colorado line?
(a) Claude Slagenhop
(b) Phillip Rearden
(c) Hank Rearden
(d) Francisco d'Anconia

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

4. What does Dagny object to about the San Sebastian Line?
(a) That is was not her idea.
(b) That it is using Rearden steel rails.
(c) That the Mexican government will subsidise it.
(d) That it is going to help the communist government.

5. Dr. Potter of the State Science Institute threatens Rearden who pretends not to understand his threats. Why?
(a) If he did, he would have to kill Potter.
(b) If he did, he would take his product off the market.
(c) If he did, he would cancel his business plans.
(d) If he did, he would have to give Rearden Metal to the government.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does Dagny take a leave of absence from her job as Vice President of Operations at Taggart Transcontinental?

3. What does "the chain" represent to Henry Rearden?

4. Why will Amalgamated Switch and Signal Company not complete Dagny's order for switches and signals on the Colorado line?

5. What was Francisco's nickname for Dagny when they were children?

(see the answer key)

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