Atlas Shrugged Quiz | Eight Week Quiz E

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part 2, Chapter 10 "The Sign of the Dollar".

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the meaning of "Wyatt's torch"?
(a) Wyatt's lighting after his electricity has been shut off.
(b) Wyatt's threat to destroy the economy by setting fire to Washington.
(c) What is left after Wyatt's destruction of his oil fields.
(d) Wyatt's new flashlight invention.

2. Why is James Taggart marrying Cherryl Brooks, the dime store clerk?
(a) To prove that communism will not work
(b) To make an honest woman out of her because he got her pregnant
(c) To show that he helps the underpriviliged
(d) To find real happiness

3. 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 deteriorization of New York City.
(c) The engine of a Taggart train.
(d) The flaws in Rearden steel.

4. What sarcastic comment does Dagny make to James Taggart and Wesley Mouch?
(a) Which one of you is planning to rob a bank?
(b) You tell me how to run a train on bad rails.
(c) What's the point in running a business if there is no profit?
(d) Got what you've been asking for, all these years, gentlemen?

5. How does Rand use the history of Twentieth Century Motors to define communism?
(a) When all motivation was taken away, no one wanted to work.
(b) When everyone had everything in common, the plant flourished.
(c) Plants under government controll never fail.
(d) When capitalism ceases to be, everyone is happier.

Short Answer Questions

1. When a reporter asks Dagny, "Who is John Galt?" what is her answer?

2. What is the irony of the State Science Institute's demand for 10,000 tons of Rearden Metal?

3. What is Dagny's amazing discovery at Twentieth Century Motors?

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

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

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