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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Francisco d'Anconia say the socialists will use to replace "the aristocracy of money"?
(a) The destruction of all aristocracy
(b) The aristocracy of influence.
(c) The aristocracy of everyone
(d) The commonality of all men

2. What happens after the disappearance of Wyatt and his vast Colorado oil fields?
(a) The government reopens the Wyatt oil fields and everything gets back to normal.
(b) Mine owners begin blowing up their mines.
(c) Project X provides a new and better fuel.
(d) Small companies cannot supply enough oil to fill the demand.

3. At home and in despair, what music is Dagny listening to when she puts down her head and cries?
(a) Cry Me a River
(b) Halley's Fourth Concerto
(c) Tchaikovski's Symphony Pathetique
(d) Halley's opera,

4. When the Taggart board and the Washington influence peddlers meet, what is the irony of their meeting place?
(a) It is unheated because of the coal shortages.
(b) It is held in the terminal beneath the statue of Nathaniel Taggart.
(c) It gives complete control of Taggart Transcontinental to the government.
(d) It is in Dagny's office.

5. Why does Dagny take a leave of absence from her job as Vice President of Operations at Taggart Transcontinental?
(a) To supervise and finish the John Galt Line.
(b) To try and localte John Galt.
(c) To find Francisco and marry him.
(d) To get away to Europe for a vacation.

6. Based on what she knows at the moment, what conclusion does Dagny draw about the disappearance of men like Wyatt?
(a) She believes there is a destroyer.
(b) She thinks they are all joining the communist movement.
(c) She believes they are secretly working on her railroad line.
(d) She thinks they are being kidnapped by the government.

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

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

9. What is Dagny's amazing discovery at Twentieth Century Motors?
(a) Plans for a revolutionary motor.
(b) Books on building aircraft.
(c) The address of the chief engineer.
(d) The formula for Rearden metal.

10. At the Thanksgiving dinner, why does Lillian urge Hank not to fight the lawsuit?
(a) She says he will win if he does not present a case.
(b) She says they will assassinate him.
(c) She says he will damage her socially.
(d) She says he cannot win.

11. At the party, James Taggart demands that Francisco explain why the San Sebastian mines are worthless. What is Francisco's ironic reply?
(a) He says he gave them the mines to do with as they pleased.
(b) He says the mines are not worthless bacuse they contain silver.
(c) He says he wanted to contribute to the Mexican economy.
(d) He says he gave them the wrong location because he knew what they would do.

12. What is the "Fifth Concerto"?
(a) An undiscovered work my Mozart.
(b) A composition to a dead oak tree.
(c) A composition by Richard Halley.
(d) The theme song of the Taggart Transcontinental Railway.

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

14. What is the comparison Francisco makes between John Galt and Prometheus?
(a) John Galt invented fire.
(b) John Galt has been eaten by vultures and is dead.
(c) John Galt believes the total end is near for all mankind.
(d) John Galt is a Prometheus who changed his mind.

15. When Dagny stops at a newsstand buy cigarettes, what is the last thing the vendor says to her?
(a) Oh well, next time I'll save you a paper.
(b) Oh well, you need to stop smoking anyway.
(c) Oh well, we'll have your cigarettes tomorrow.
(d) Oh well, who is John Galt?

Short Answer Questions

1. Dr. Stadler talks about having known John Galt who he believes is dead. What is his recollection of Galt?

2. Why is James Taggart marrying Cherryl Brooks, the dime store clerk?

3. What does Rearden say the government needed to win against him.

4. What is Mouch's new job after he resigns as Rearden's Washington lobbyist?

5. What strange exchange occurs between Dagny and Lillian at he party?

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