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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. How does Rand let the reader know that there is a connection between Francisco and Danneskjtzld?
(a) Francisco tells Rearden that Danneskjtzld is coming to the city.
(b) Francisco does not react when Rearden mentions Danneskjtzld's name.
(c) Francisco's horror when he learns that Rearden ordered d'Anconia copper.
(d) Francisco offers to introduce Rearden to Danneskjtzld.

2. What was Francisco's nickname for Dagny when they were children?
(a) Mouse
(b) Pest
(c) Slug
(d) Daggy

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When the Taggart board and the Washington influence peddlers meet, what is the irony of their meeting place?

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

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

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

5. Who is planning to build diesel engines for Taggart Transcontinental?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Francisco d'Anconia, heir of the d'Anconia Copper Mining empire, has developed a reputation as a playboy and a dilettante. Itemize the events in his early years with Dagny and James Taggart that are contradictory to that image.

3. Lillian demands the Rearden Metal bracelet back and threatens to tell everyone that Dagny is sleeping with her husband. What is the irony of that situation?

4. Write a few paragraphs on why Hank Rearden does not mind supporting his idle family but refuses to give Phillip a job he is not qualified to handle.

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

6. 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.

7. At first, Hank Rearden dislikes Francisco d'Anconia. Explain his reasons.

8. Describe how the chain is viewed by Henry Rearden, Lillian Rearden, and Dagny Taggart. Explain its significance to the story.

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

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

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