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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Dagny's reply to Cherryl's comment that she is "the woman in the Taggart family"?
(a) Don't tell my dress maker.
(b) That's quiet all right. I'm the man.
(c) What am I? Chopped liver?
(d) You're welcome to the job.

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

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

4. James and Cherryl begin their unlikely romance. Where does James meet her?
(a) In a dime store.
(b) Friends introduce them.
(c) At a cocktail party.
(d) At the train station.

5. At the anniversary party, what do Dr. Pritchett, Balph Eubank, and Mort Mort Liddy have in common?
(a) They all know who John Galt is.
(b) They are all capitalists.
(c) The all support the Equalization of Opportunity Bill.
(d) They are all against the Equalization of Opportunity Bill.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Rand show James Taggart's opportunism after the success of the John Galt Line?

2. What is the problem Rearden sees in any government that professes to run by committee for the "public good."

3. Why does Dagny have to wait to get in to see Dannager when she goes to see him before his trial?

4. What is the meaning of "Wyatt's torch"?

5. What decision does Dagny make when she is nine years old?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the meaning and the purpose of "white blackmail."

2. Explain the conflict within Francisco when he discovers that Rearden had ordered copper from his mines in Argentina.

3. The "Immovable Movers" in Rand's novel are the industrialists like Dagny and Rearden who produce because it is in their blood to do so. They produce for the joy of accomplishment and thus provide for the society as a whole. Rand compares them to the mythical Greek god Atlas who purportedly holds up the world on his shoulders. Explain her conclusions.

4. As James Taggart and Dagny discuss plans for Taggart Transcontinental, James' attitude sets the stage for the real conflict in ATLAS SHRUGGED. Explain.

5. Discuss the significance of the turnout of Taggart employees and the armed guards every mile along the initial John Galt Line train.

6. Discuss the significance of the names Rand gives to the businesses in ATLAS SHRUGGED.

7. In the chapter Rand calls "Account Overdrawn," how does the author picture the results of the socialist government's regulations?

8. Briefly explain Dr. Stadler's surprise that the motor Dagny found was being developed in a remote automobile factory.

9. How does the scene of the broken furnace give Hank insight into Francisco's real character?

10. Dagny sees Hank Rearden as a "man who belongs on earth." Explain why.

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