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

2. 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.

3. What does Phillip want to leave Henry's house?
(a) A new car.
(b) Controlling interest in Rearden Metal stock.
(c) Paid up tuition to Harvard.
(d) Money to start a business.

4. Because of the Equity of Distribution Law, there is now a Deputy Director of Distribution handling all of Rearden Metal's orders. What is his nickname?
(a) The Wet Nurse
(b) The Terminator
(c) The Enforcer
(d) D-three

5. What game does Francisco play with the Mexican government and the American stockholders in the San Sebastian Mines?
(a) He plays a game of marbles on the hotel room floor.
(b) He plays charades but no one can guess his subject.
(c) He plays poker with the Mexican President in a winner-take-all game.
(d) He knows the mines are worthless and wants to watch them go down with their own greed.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Rand indicate that Wesley Mouch, Rearden's Washington lobbyist, may not be working in Rearden's interest?

2. 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?

3. Why can Dagny not learn the name of the third student at Patrick Henry University according to Dr. Akston?

4. What is the comparison Francisco makes between John Galt and Prometheus?

5. How does Bertram Scudder, editor of "The Future" magazine, characterize Hank Rearden?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how the mystery of Eddie Willers' unnamed friend in the cafeteria and the shadowy man Dagny sees outside her office add to the suspense of the novel.

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

3. Discuss the different views from "the top" and "the bottom."

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

5. 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.

6. Rand introduces "Wyatt's Torch" as Dagny returns on the train to Wyatt Junction. What does the term suggest?

7. 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?

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

9. 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.

10. At his trial, Hank Rearden refuses to give the government the "sanction of the victim." Explain what he means.

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