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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why do Hank and Dagny try to find the old Twentieth Century Motor company?
(a) They are looking for a new car.
(b) They are looking for new headquarters for Rearden Metal.
(c) They are looking for scrap iron.
(d) The are looking for usable parts for diesel engines.

2. How does Bertram Scudder, editor of "The Future" magazine, characterize Hank Rearden?
(a) As an octopus.
(b) As a shark.
(c) As an alligator.
(d) As a great philanthropist.

3. What is the problem Rearden sees in any government that professes to run by committee for the "public good."
(a) It favors industrialists who create jobs for the public.
(b) The committees are selected by popular vote.
(c) The moral purity of a committee cannot know what the public good is.
(d) There is no morality of right and wrong involved.

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

5. What is the real outcome after the court fines Rearden $5,000 and gives him a suspended sentence?
(a) Rearden will have to comply with the government rules.
(b) Other industrialists will go out of business.
(c) Lillian's social connections are destroyed.
(d) In effect, he has won against the government.

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

7. What does Rearden sell off after the bill banning people from owning multiple businesses is passed?
(a) Train engines and coal mines
(b) Copper mines and coal mines
(c) Iron mines and jewelry manufacturing
(d) Copper mines and freight companies

8. Why can Dagny not learn the name of the third student at Patrick Henry University according to Dr. Akston?
(a) He went to the university under an assumed name.
(b) The school records were in a fire and his records were lost.
(c) She will only learn it when he chooses to tell her himself.
(d) Nobody really knows who he is.

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

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

11. Rand uses the failure of Twentieth Century Motors to make what point about socialism?
(a) The socialist system only takes from those with ability and gives to others who are less deserving.
(b) Production increases when everyone shares in the work.
(c) It is only fair that everyone make the same salary.
(d) The socialist system allows the greatest minds to get ahead.

12. 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 believes they are secretly working on her railroad line.
(c) She thinks they are all joining the communist movement.
(d) She thinks they are being kidnapped by the government.

13. What show of support does Dagny get from employees of Taggart Transcontinental?
(a) They all buy stock in the John Galt Line.
(b) They vote her in as President of Taggart Transcontinental.
(c) They line the route with guns to protect the train.
(d) They give a banquet in her honor.

14. 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, who is John Galt?
(c) Oh well, you need to stop smoking anyway.
(d) Oh well, we'll have your cigarettes tomorrow.

15. What does Rearden say the government needed to win against him.
(a) His civil rights.
(b) His denial of any wrong doing.
(c) His account books.
(d) His cooperation.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Dr. Stadler questions why the man who was developing the revolutionary motor was working in a factory research lab, what is Dagny's reply?

2. 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?

3. What is so revolutionary about the motor that never went into production?

4. How does Lillian describe the bracelet?

5. How does the government plan to conserve copper and electricity?

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