Atlas Shrugged Quiz | Eight Week Quiz D

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part 2, Chapter 3 "White Blackmail".

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Rand indicate that Wesley Mouch, Rearden's Washington lobbyist, may not be working in Rearden's interest?
(a) He is at a meeting with Orren Boyle, James Taggart, and Paul Larkin.
(b) He is at a meeting with Dagny and Owen Kellogg.
(c) He never goes to his office in Washington.
(d) He cannot get in to see the President of the United States.

3. Who is planning to build diesel engines for Taggart Transcontinental?
(a) Eddie Willers
(b) Francisco d'Anconia
(c) Dwight Sanders
(d) Henry Rearden

4. A theme that runs throughout ATLAS SHRUGGED is one which shows strength and character outside but emptiness and moral corruption inside. What metaphor does Ayn Rand use to illustrate this idea?
(a) The old oak tree that was struck by lightning.
(b) The engine of a Taggart train.
(c) The flaws in Rearden steel.
(d) The deteriorization of New York City.

5. Why will Amalgamated Switch and Signal Company not complete Dagny's order for switches and signals on the Colorado line?
(a) Too many people are opposed to Rearden metal.
(b) They believe she cannot pay for the items.
(c) They cannot get the steel they need.
(d) They made a deal with Jim Taggart not to supply the equipment.

Short Answer Questions

1. How old was Francisco when he took over d'Anconia Copper Mines?

2. How does Dr. Ferris explain to Rearden the many laws that are being passed by the State?

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

4. Who is the childhood friend of Jim and Dagny who now works for them?

5. What does Francisco d'Anconia say the socialists will use to replace "the aristocracy of money"?

(see the answer key)

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