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

2. What did the National Alliance of Railroads pass to eliminate competition?
(a) Every man for himself Rule
(b) Anti-dog-eat-dog Rule
(c) Anti-cooperation Rule
(d) Local and Transcontinental Rule

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

4. How old was Francisco when he took over d'Anconia Copper Mines?
(a) Thirty-one
(b) Twenty-seven
(c) Twenty-three
(d) Sixteen

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Rand use the party to show the superficiality of the communist guests?

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

3. Who is almost single handedly responsible for opening up trade in Colorado?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Francisco engineers a huge financial fraud on the Mexican government and greedy shareholders like James Taggart and Orren Boyle. Then he asks Dagny, "Who is John Galt?" How does Rand use his character to build suspense?

2. When Cherryl confronts Dagny and says that she is now Mrs. Taggart, the woman of the family, Dagny replies, "That's quite all right. I'm the man." Explain what she means by that comment.

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

5. The title of the chapter, "The Exploiters and the Exploited" might suggest that the industrialists like Hank Rearden exploit the public by creating products for their own personal gratification. Rand, however, turns that around to suggest that the socialist government are exploiting the industrialists. Support that idea.

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

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

8. Using the example of the Anti-Dog-Eat-Dog rule, explain in a few paragraphs how eliminating competition by legislation destroys productivity.

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

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

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