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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 Owen Kellogg's reply to Dagny when she asks him why he is resigning from Taggert Railway?
(a) Railroads are a thing of the past.
(b) You can't pay me what I'm worth.
(c) I'm going into business for myself.
(d) Who is John Galt?

2. How does Dr. Ferris explain to Rearden the many laws that are being passed by the State?
(a) There is no other way to rule men than to pass laws that cannot be observed, enforced or interpreted
(b) He says the lawmakers do not really know what they are doing.
(c) He says that Rearden just doesn't understand what the laws are saying.
(d) He says that laws that don't work will eventually be repealed.

3. How does Rand show James Taggart's opportunism after the success of the John Galt Line?
(a) He buys more stock in the John Galt Line.
(b) He takes credit for its success.
(c) He gives Dagny credit for saving the company.
(d) He decides to build a new line of his own.

4. What does Rearden say the government needed to win against him.
(a) His cooperation.
(b) His denial of any wrong doing.
(c) His account books.
(d) His civil rights.

5. What sarcastic comment does Dagny make to James Taggart and Wesley Mouch?
(a) Which one of you is planning to rob a bank?
(b) Got what you've been asking for, all these years, gentlemen?
(c) What's the point in running a business if there is no profit?
(d) You tell me how to run a train on bad rails.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Phillip want cash instead of a check for Rearden's contribution to Friends of Global Progress?

2. Atlas is the Greek god who holds the world on his shoulders. In the novel, who is "Atlas"?

3. How does the government plan to conserve copper and electricity?

4. Where does Dagny plan to start the first run of the John Galt Line?

5. What happens after the disappearance of Wyatt and his vast Colorado oil fields?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of "the best hamburger" Dagny has ever tasted when she goes to the diner in Wyoming?

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

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

4. 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.

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

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

7. Why is the idea of "motive" so important in the novel? Explain in detail.

8. Explain the significance of the mysterious Halley's Fifth Concerto in developing the novel.

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

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

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