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Multiple Choice Questions

1. When Dagny demands to be made Vice President in Charge of Operations, what reason does Jim give her for opposing the idea?
(a) Dagny, father never intended for you to work at Taggert.
(b) Dagny, you'll get married and leave.
(c) Dagny, you don't know anything about railroads.
(d) Dagny, you're a woman.

2. What prevents Taggart Transcontinental from meeting Rearden's deadline for delivering steel?
(a) The coal miners all go on strike for higher wages.
(b) Danagger refuses to supply coal if it will help Rearden.
(c) The bridge on the Galt Line is blown up.
(d) Danagger Coal cannot supply coal for the trains because its shipment goes to England.

3. Quentin Daniels is hired to reconstruct the revolutionary motor. What is Quentin's greatest desire.
(a) To create a motor from his own concept.
(b) To improve the motor.
(c) To meet the man who conceived of the idea of the motor.
(d) To prove the the motor will not work.

4. How does Rand use the party to show the superficiality of the communist guests?
(a) They are all dressed in their finest and wearing flashy jewelry.
(b) They have not invited any rich industrialists to the party.
(c) They pretend to favor defeat for the the Equalization of Opportunity Bill.
(d) They prefer not to talk about politics.

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

6. What is Dagny's reaction to Eugene Lawson's claim that his motives were pure at Twentieth Century Motors because he never made a profit?
(a) She says the idea is despicable.
(b) She praises him for his generosity.
(c) She agrees that the motives were pure.
(d) She accuses him of lying.

7. How does the government plan to conserve copper and electricity?
(a) Limiting elevators from going higher than the 25th floor of a building.
(b) Recalling all the copper shipped before d'Anconia ships were sunk.
(c) Melting down pennies and ordering blackouts.
(d) Using zinc and wind power.

8. Why does Phillip want cash instead of a check for Rearden's contribution to Friends of Global Progress?
(a) Friends for Global Progress does not accept checks.
(b) He wants to pocket half of the cash.
(c) He doesn't want them to know that the money came from his capitalist brother.
(d) He thinks Rearden's check is no good.

9. 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 deteriorization of New York City.
(b) The engine of a Taggart train.
(c) The old oak tree that was struck by lightning.
(d) The flaws in Rearden steel.

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

11. Where does Dagny plan to start the first run of the John Galt Line?
(a) New York, NY
(b) Denver, Colorado
(c) Washington, D. C.
(d) Cheyenne, Wyoming

12. When Hank Rearden learns that the legislature has passed the Equalization of Opportunity Bill, what does he learn from Mouch, his lobbyist in Washington?
(a) Mouch tells him that the bill has no penalty written into it.
(b) Nothing. Mouch is not answering his phone.
(c) Mouch says the President will veto the bill.
(d) Mouch offers to return the money Rearden has paid him.

13. What strange exchange occurs between Dagny and Lillian at he party?
(a) They exchange the names of their dress designers.
(b) They exchange bracelets, the Rearden Metal bracelet for Dagny's diamond bracelet.
(c) They exchange drinks bacuse Dagny doesn't drink alcohol.
(d) They exchange phone numbers so they can meet in New York.

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

15. What is so revolutionary about the motor that never went into production?
(a) It requires a totally new factory to build.
(b) It produces more power than regular engines.
(c) It draws its energy from static electricity in the atmosphere.
(d) It runs on water.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the real outcome after the court fines Rearden $5,000 and gives him a suspended sentence?

2. How does Rand let the reader know that there is a connection between Francisco and Danneskjtzld?

3. What is Ayn Rand's objection to majority rule as put forth by the National Alliance of Railroads?

4. Who offers to help Dagny solve the problem of the rotting wooden bridge on her Colorado line?

5. What did the National Alliance of Railroads pass to eliminate competition?

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